Winter Solstice
Taken by Winter Solstice on December 7, 2015 @ Tuscany, Italy
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Exposure Time: 1/500
Aperture: f/11.0
ISO: 200
Date Taken: 2015:12:11 12:19:47
 
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On 22 December at 04:48 the Sun seems to stop in the sky, that occurs Solstitium (sun stopped). During the solstice the Sun reaches its maximum distance from the equatorial plane and it seems that it stops to reverse the motor in the declination.
The darkness of the night reaches its maximum extent and daylight the slightest: the night is the longest day of the year and the shortest. Immediately after the solstice, daylight gradually returns to increase and the dark of night to shrink until the summer solstice, when we have the longest day and the shortest night.

I want to take the eclipitc arch that runs the Sun in its daily motion on the day of the solstice from the natural reserve of Daccia Botrona. On the left is the Casa Rossa Ximenes built in 1765 for the rehabilitation of the ancient Lake Prile.

I chose this day because it is the time in which the arc path is the shortest of the year. After choosing the natural setting, I calculated the points where the sun rises and sets using the Sun Seeker app for iOs and I defined the exact positioning of the DSLR. Once there I made 10 shots with the wide angle EF14 vertically and joined them with the software to create the panoramic background. The solar discs were taken during 3 different photo sessions two weeks before the solstice and interrupted by clouds, then the disks were reassembled and lined up as if they were all taken on the day of the solstice. I was forced to resort to this ploy to avoid failure of the project because of the weather as it has happened in previous years. Even the sun reflections were included successively for the same reason.
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