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Originally posted by intergalactic fire
Originally posted by Idonthaveabeard
Pic with droplets on the lens, they look similar to the OP pic I have to say. Wish it was something more exciting.
Thats the effect when you take a shot with flash in the snow( reflection of falling snow particles)
The spot in the OP photos is a water droplet or water on the lens or filter in front of the camera
Dirt or dust on the sensor gives other effect.
This is an example of dust on the sensor.
These are examples from water on the front lens,( in this case on the filter i used)
btw.Nice halo, thanks for sharing
Originally posted by factbandit
reply to post by Trublbrwing
It's Venus! NASA made the announcement last week that Venus can be seen with the naked eye beginning April 2, 2012. Not water spots, but Venus!
See my reply to OP for the link to the NASA announcement!
Love, Light & Peace!
Originally posted by newcovenant
My biggest question: What is a Sun Dog?.
Sundogs, sometimes called Sun Dogs, Parhelia or Mock Suns, are with the 22º halo, the most frequent of the ice halos. They are most easily seen when the sun is low. Look about 22° (outstretched hand at arm's length) to its left and right and at the same height. When the sun is higher they are further away. Each 'dog' is red coloured towards the sun and sometimes has greens and blues beyond. Sundogs can be blindingly bright, at other times they are a mere coloured smudge on the sky. They are visible all over the world and at any time of year regardless of the ground level temperature. In Europe and North America one will be seen on average twice a week if searched for.
Originally posted by freakshowfatty
reply to post by intergalactic fire
this is during mid-afternoon but the one in the OP is much closer...
When Venus is bright and far from the Sun in a clear sky, you can observe this planet in broad daylight with the unaided eye
It's also possible to photograph Venus in broad daylight. The photo at the top was taken at 14:30 Pacific Standard Time on March 13th, 1988, with Ektachrome 200 film through an 80mm Brandon apochromatic refractor with the image projected onto the film plane of a Nikkormat camera by a Brandon 20mm focal length wide-angle eyepiece
So far, I've failed to capture Venus through a normal lens when the Sun was unobscured in the sky, though I've taken several slides which, if summed, might possibly reveal Venus. The problem is that the image of Venus through a normal lens is on the order of the grain size of Ektachrome film, so it's hard to dig the image of Venus out of the random grain pattern of the resulting slides. Using finer grain films such as Kodachrome 25 and red filters which enhance the contrast of white Venus against the blue sky may help. If you succeed in photographing Venus in the daytime with a normal lens, let me know;