Sun with Sunspots DSC_9145
On June 5, 2012, Venus transited the sun. I was all set up to get shots, except for one thing, the clouds. The day turned out to be rainy and misty all day, totally blowing any chance to catch the event. With the next transit being 105 years from now, well.....
I still wanted to see if my setup would have worked to get pics of the sun. Years ago, I was into astronomy, still am to some extent. At the time I had gotten slip on 50mm filters for my binos to safely look at the sun. I used one of those filters for this shot. Since the filter didn't exactly fit snuggly over the barrel of my lens I had to improvise. I slipped the filter over the lens, applied copious amounts of tape to keep it steady and then used more tape to attach a lens hood. I did this with the 55-200mm zoom kit lens that came with my original Nikon D80. I also used the D80, which has been shelved for a while now, for this shot in case anything went wrong. This makeshift rig had been sitting in a camera bag since June so I decided to haul it out and see how well it would work. I think it turned out reasonably well.
Always view the sun responsibly, never look at it with the naked eye!