June 5th 2012 – The transit of Venus that I failed to capture….another failure? At least I thought it was — but no!!!
Here I am with my camera and a few lenses from the wielding shop – dark enough so I can look into the sun and photograph this historical event.
I am with my wife and kids (who thought this might be fun) and off we go to make history.
Clouds – and more clouds —–I can’t get a clean shot of the sun!
I am sad.
So, since I am by the Hudson River anyway – I decide to put my new Nikon DSLR camera in manual mode and take a few shots.
I am really new at this and I barely know what I am doing.
I have taken a couple photography classes but I am in the bottom group of students.
Also – I am getting severely hooked on Photoshop – I love it but with little result – It takes and takes and takes while giving nothing in return.
But return, stubbornly I do —- to get kicked in the head again and again.
This is a sickness. I need help
And today I got it
This is the pay-off.
This is the first image I photographed and processed that was any good – in fact, I have been chasing this bad boy ever since.
This picture started me on a journey.
Because I knew if I could prove this was not a fluke – I could be happy with my photos and fill a void – achieving excellence is a rare and beautiful thing.
I have come close in the months since.
But not all the way here.
This is the reflected light of Venus transiting our sun – coming around again in 2117 (I may not make that one).