Venus from +5deg Latitude

I had an opportunity to visit a small resort island called Landaa Giraavaru of Maldives during the second week of December 2013.  Landaa Giraavaru (Lat 05o 17' N, Long 73o 6.5' E ) is one of the islands of Baa Atoll1 is about 135 k.m. north of Male, the capital city of Maldives. The nearest island from here is about 2 k.m. east.  The sky when clear was always blue to dark blue and the night sky was quite dark.  I could see Andromeda galaxy in the north and Large Magellanic Cloud quite comfortably.

This picture of crescent Venus was taken on Dec 18, 2013 at 13:34 GMT,  
using Cannon 500D with Celestron 127 mm Maksutov, Exp:1/1250 sec, ISO 3200.

The picture below is the reflection of light of Venus on the sea. What appears to be a single ray from Venus going to the upper right corner of the picture is the green laser light that someone was using to point to Venus.

Dec 18, 2013 at 13:29 GMT
Camera Cannon 500D, ISO 3200, Exp 1/500,  

(Atoll is a ring shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a  lagoon partially or completely)