Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice

December 20, 2014


Photogrpaher: Dion Davidson
Summary Author: Dion Davidson

Shown above are two photos taken from the same spot over my home in Draper, Utah on the dates of the winter solstice and the summer solstice. The one at top was captured near sunset on December 21, 2013, at 4:44 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and the one at bottom was snapped just before sunset on June 21, 2014, at 8:50 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. They were blended, using Photoshop, to show how dramatically the Sun moves across the horizon in the course of half a year. Note that this year's winter solstice occurs on December 21 at 4:03 p.m., Mountain Standard Time or 23:03 Universal Time. This is the day having the shortest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere.
Photo details: Nikon D7000 camera; Tamron 10-24 mm at 18 mm lens; ISO 100; f/11; 1/100 sec. exposure (Dec) and 1/160 sec. exposure (June)., Raw images processed in Lightroom to match white balance and tint between the two shots. Photos combined in Photoshop.