Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Solar Eclipse

It’s not every day that you get to experience a solar eclipse, if just a partial. Today was one of those days.

The forecast was for cloudy weather, so I wasn’t really prepared when I woke up to just a few light clouds in the sky this morning. Just after 9am I set off in –15C, with camera in hand, in pursuit for the best spot to see the eclipse. Found a spot a grabbed a few frames. Here’s the first, just before it all started…

Partial Solar Eclipse

Now, the sun is rather bright, so looking directly into the sun without protection can leave you blind. I used a pair of very dark sunglasses, but that wasn’t nearly enough. So, it became a game of roughly composing and exposing the image, hoping it worked, checking the result on the display, adjusting the settings and try again.

As the clouds, the moon and the sun are constantly moving, the prime period is over in a matter of minutes and the next eclipse comes around in in this part of the world in 2015, you want to pay attention and focus on what you’re doing.

Just as the show was coming to an end, the clouds moved in. Nice timing. But before that, here’s what I managed to capture.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse

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