Marko Posavec Photography

When a Star and a Planet Align

There is a shot I’ve been planning for quite some time now: a dim, hazy sunset directly behind the silhouetted outline of Kalnik ridge, from a distance of 30 – 40 kilometers. Whenever I tried to calculate the time and location precisely, using TPE, something would get in the way – unfavourable conditions, lack of access to location, misjudgment, job, and so on. As it turned out, I got it by pure chance (naturally).

Kalnik is prominent on the horizon because of its distinct ridge protruding from the surrounding lowlands. It can easily be seen from, say, Lake Ĺ oderica, as a tiny cone on the horizon – if you know where to look. It helps when the sky is clear and when it’s backlit, around sunset.

February 15th was by all means a hazy day. Morning fog dissipated around noon and gradually started to form again as daylight was about to be extinguished. N. and I set out to the lake sometime in mid-afternoon. I figured the sunset would be something, as atmospheric mist and haze tend to dim the Sun into those gentle pink hues, instead of bright yellow and orange that burn out the photo. What I didn’t know is that there would be a bonus.

I started out with some lake birds that spend the winter here. There are lots of them.


Even though the day was warm and spring-like, there were still patches of thin ice on the water.


A swan-sequence. Note the soft orange light – the atmosphere started getting blurry by then.


All set for the show. I knew it was gonna be a good one.


There it goes, starting to turn pink.


Look at that beautiful thing!


Sinking down… Something appears on the right… a cloud perhaps?


No, not a cloud. This is the moment both N. and I realized where the hell our star was going. That spike is Kalnik’s TV tower!


Zooming in – yes, that’s it! Gotcha! Even a bird posed a little!


Bullseye! Nothing short of awesome! The whole thing is 38 kilometers away from my standpoint. The peak itself is 643 meters high.


Then, after just a few moments, it faded away…


… back into the misty blurriness of a cold winter night.