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Venus passing by the Sun | by geno k
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Venus passing by the Sun

A few days ago I hiked up Kennesaw Mountain without any of my gear, simply for some late afternoon exercise. At the top 2 guys had cameras set up on tripods pointed towards the sun. They had filters over their lenses. I realized immediately that they were viewing this historic event and asked if I could take a look. I saw this sight thru some binoculars with a filter attached. I thanked these kind gentlemen for a once in lifetime experience and started down the mountain, trying to figure out how I could get an image of this. After all I didn't own any filters, and there was no way I could view this, much even photograph it looking directly into the sun. On my short drive home the sun passed behind some clouds, but the clouds were not dense enough to completely conceal the sun. I grabbed my binoculars, always present in my truck, and could see venus over the sun easily. Immediately I had my strategy for an image. After getting home I hoped for the right type of cloud cover to pass over the sun. After waiting a while I had my opportunity and camera was at manual focus, hand-held, 80 ISO, and very fast shutter speed, actually 1/8000 despite what shows up here on Flickr for settings. I used black and white effects in processing. I was very pleased with the results-a documentary shot of this historic event, not to recur in our lifetimes.

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Taken on June 5, 2012