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05/18/2012 06:55:00 PM · #1
Only viewable on the west coast, you can catch the eclipse on May 20th.

link here

Someone post some pictures when you can.
05/19/2012 06:07:14 PM · #2
A few months ago I seriously considered a quick jaunt to Albuquerque to photograph the annular eclipse, but financially prudent sentiments prevailed. Those of you in the west better take some awesome pictures. Here in the midwest, it looks like the weather is going to spoil even the meager partial phases we were supposed to enjoy.
05/20/2012 06:47:10 PM · #3
I'm on the top of Sandia Crest right now. I hope the haze clears a bit and the clouds don't ruin it. I'll post whatever I get.
05/20/2012 06:50:50 PM · #4
It was quite clearly viewable here, and we're on the east coast (of Japan).
05/20/2012 08:38:05 PM · #5
Any clues on the best way to photograph it? If the clouds clear up enough I want to but since you can't look at it I don't know how to photograph it. and don't want to miss it cause the setup isn't something I can go back and do again. lol
05/20/2012 08:40:14 PM · #6
Originally posted by Sheryll:

Any clues on the best way to photograph it? If the clouds clear up enough I want to but since you can't look at it I don't know how to photograph it. and don't want to miss it cause the setup isn't something I can go back and do again. lol


Well, unless you have a *lot* of atmospheric filtering (haze) going on, you will need as much as 10 stops of ND filter on the front of your lens. I took a couple shots a little while ago, and I was at 1/8000s, f/16, 800mm. That was *with* a 10-stop ND filter on the lens!
05/20/2012 09:09:03 PM · #7
Here's a shot just prior to sunset this evening:
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05/20/2012 09:15:53 PM · #8
Clouds. Wierd light. Can't see enough for a photo.
05/20/2012 09:35:25 PM · #9
Well, if you miss it, as I am, here is a calendar in this link that will tell you when the next one is, so you can plan accordingly.

//www.mreclipse.com/Special/SEnext.html
05/20/2012 10:46:37 PM · #10
Here is a couple I got from my neck of the woods:

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05/20/2012 10:47:48 PM · #11
Originally posted by kirbic:

Here's a shot just prior to sunset this evening:
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Nice job.
Thanks for the info ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Kirbic. I didn't have an ND filter handy and the clouds were in the way anyway. I did take a few shots at as fast a shutter speed as I could but still didn't get anything. I couldn't look so I just pointed in the general direction and shot. Maybe when I download them I can bring the exposure down enough to see if there was anything there or not. Certainly isn't anything to post but still wanted to see it on the puter before I delete.
05/20/2012 10:48:35 PM · #12
Originally posted by sjhuls:

Here is a couple I got from my neck of the woods:

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Those are cool too. Good job!!
05/20/2012 10:57:12 PM · #13
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Message edited by author 2012-05-20 22:57:25.
05/20/2012 11:01:59 PM · #14
Jennifer and Joe, great stuff! I would surely have loved to be on the West Coast for this one.

ETA: I really can't complain, we got storms most of the afternoon, and the clouds cleared from the western horizon less than a half hour before sunset. It was still touch and go, the sky was not completely clear. The very warn, humid afternoon set up some big atmospheric turbulence, which is evident in my results.

Message edited by author 2012-05-20 23:03:52.
05/20/2012 11:08:26 PM · #15
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05/20/2012 11:49:23 PM · #16
Originally posted by cgino:

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very cool!

Here is one more with a fiery edit:
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05/21/2012 12:13:29 AM · #17
Definitely not as nice as everyone else...I was ill prepared (All night spent playing Diablo III)

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Message edited by author 2012-05-21 00:13:55.
05/21/2012 12:38:36 AM · #18
That's actually quite nice!
05/21/2012 12:47:01 AM · #19
Cross-posted from the other thread ...

Not that sharp, shot through high-density film* at 432mm (35mm EQ) ... near time of maximum coverage in the Bay Area; 100 crop, no adjustments or sharpening ... ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1031/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1016584.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1031/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1016584.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

*The film I was using has a density near 4.0 on a logarithmic scale, meaning it was letting through about 1/10,000th of the available light. I had to shoot at ISO 80, f/3.5, and between 1/15-1/30th of a second exposure length. I guess I should have tried a higher ISO setting combined with a faster shutter to trade some sharpness for noise ...

If I have time, I may try to make a time-lapse of it ...

Message edited by author 2012-05-21 00:49:49.
05/21/2012 04:19:58 AM · #20
We had the TV on at the same time, so we could watch it inside and outside. ;-Þ

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05/21/2012 06:21:23 AM · #21
Originally posted by heavyj:

Definitely not as nice as everyone else...I was ill prepared (All night spent playing Diablo III)

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Neat..
05/21/2012 12:09:34 PM · #22
Gonna take some days to get them worked up (not even home yet), but ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' scarbrd and I were inside Bryce Canyon shooting up at the eclipse. Got one shot with Bailey's Beads at 400 mm but the quest was to get some shots where the eclipse is blendable within a landscape. We have the raw material for it, but it's gonna take some definite work!
05/21/2012 05:27:18 PM · #23
Just so you hear from at least one "also ran," I too was out trying for the elusive eclipse.
I found a nice parking spot right next to the ocean in Pacifica. Well, it was sited between the garbage cans and the latrines, but otherwise, there was a clear, uninterrupted view of the sun and its path to the horizon. Then I waited for the show to begin.
Yeah.
Just at prime time, the cloud cover rolled in where I was. Eventually giving up, I started home via the freeway. At the top of the hill, the cloud cover lifted just enough to provide a little veil (not too much!) and there it was! Beautiful, even at 70 mph. However, the reason I saw the eclipse at all was because I was concerned about the abnormal number of cars that looked as if they were waiting to use the off ramp. NO, they were parked - on the freeway - with folks outside their cars (!) using camera phones to capture the action.

Eeek. Nope, I didn't get a picture, but what an afternoon.

And yes, there are some very nice ones in this thread. Especially that one belonging to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' heavyj.
05/21/2012 05:50:19 PM · #24
My first couple attempts:
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I have a couple of others that I'm working on.
These are using a 7d, with the Sigma 50-500 + 1.4x teleconverter.
I didn't have any filters, so I shot at 1/8000 and f/40 or f/51 (that's what it claims, anyway :) )
05/21/2012 05:52:02 PM · #25
I have a real nice solar filter. Great for viewing the sun, or photography.

What I did not have, was an eclipse. Here in Missouri, it was cloudy up until prime time, but when the clouds parted, it was just a plain ol' round sun.

Glad some of you got to see the cool stuff, and I am enjoying your pictures.
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