For those of you interested, Venus will be crossing the sun’s path tomorrow, June 5th and Wednesday, June 6th. This rare event happens in pairs every hundred or so years. The last one (first of this pair) was in 2004 and the next won’t be until 2117. So, unless I plan on living to be 135 years old, this is the last opportunity for me to see it in my lifetime. Here is a link with more info on this unique event. A pretty neat website with all of the notable astronomy events of 2012 can be found here.
The diagram below illustrates Tuesday/Wednesday’s path. In the Western Hemisphere, you will be able to see the partial transit it at sunset, and in the Eastern Hemisphere you will be able to see it at sunrise. Using a strong filter, low aperture, and exposure compensation, not to mention a pretty long lens, you should be able to capture it. I will be out Tuesday at sunrise to see if I can capture something neat for you.
I have developed a newfound love for street photography in the past couple months. It started when I visited Torino. Having to deal with some adverse weather, but not ready to put my camera down just yet, I was forced to look elsewhere for compelling images. I was pleasantly surprised how much was surrounding me that just begged to be captured.
A couple of weeks ago in Rome, Italy, on a cloudless, sweltering day, I noticed how interesting the people around me were and began capturing them as well. All of the following images were taken on the streets (subways, churches) of Rome.
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