Photos taken with Nikon F100/Fuji 400H.
After work on June 5th I headed over to the roof of the Sherman Plaza Self-Park to see if I could get a shot of the once (or twice) in a lifetime Venus Transit solar event. The closest I could get was the 200mm end of my Nikkor 70-200mm VRII, so I tried with that and a 1.2 ND filter but even with the fastest shutter speed (1/8000) and minimum aperture (f22) the sun was still way too bright to resolve properly in the exposed image. I fumbled around with settings for a while until I realized that both sides of the ND filter were threaded, and I had three other filters in my bag. After stacking the 1.2, 0.9, 0.6, and circular polarizing filters (4 total) and tweaking some other settings, I was finally able to get a well exposed image and some excellent color! 200mm is definitely not close enough for real detail of the sun, but the 36mp sensor on the D800 allowed me a serious crop and the result is about as good as I could have asked for with the equipment on hand.
I also grabbed a few additional photos of Evanston during sunset since I already had a great vantage point. First photo is looking south at downtown Chicago along the Metra and El tracks. Second photo is looking southwest across Davis Street.
Maifest 2012 in Lincoln Square – a nice turnout this year and of course some epic bowling at Lincoln Square Lanes and mexican at Garcia’s to cap the night.
The clouds break as the Cubs finally end their near record-breaking 12-game losing streak by beating the San Diego Padres 11-7 on May 28, 2012