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Subject:Eclipse preparation
Time:08:31 pm
Assuming it isn't horribly overcast on Friday I'm going to try two photographic techniques for the eclipse. The first, which I've tried before and got reasonable results with, is silvered mylar (from an emergency blanket) stretched over the lens of my Nikon. That cuts out most of the light, but to be on the safe side I shoot as quickly as I can and point the lens away from the sun at all other times.

The other method I'll try is an infra-red filter on my Fuji bridge camera. It turns out that pointing it at the sun lets in enough light for the screen to work, so that I can actually point, spot when the sun is in shot, and take a picture in a couple of seconds, rather than faffing about setting up the camera on a tripod, aiming, shoving the filter in etc. Here's one I took today - this was a very rough attempt with the filter and camera hand-held, and I later discovered some smearing on the filter which probably didn't help. I'm hoping that with the filter properly held on etc. it'll be better. There was very light cloud.


sun-IR


This is a completely unmodified photo, apart from conversion to jpg, and I think it's worked reasonably well apart from some flare. Any thoughts?
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nojay
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Time:2015-03-18 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try using a welding helmet filter to shoot eclipse photos, assuming the weather up here in Edinburgh doesn't conspire against me. The result will be VERY green.

I got to see (and shoot) the total annular eclipse in Tokyo a couple of years ago purely by happenstance; I was in Japan before I realised it was going to occur. Sadly I didn't have the right filters to take good pictures and there was intermittent cloud in the way but I did get some handheld snapshots shooting through a cheap pair of sunglasses as the only thing that came to hand.



The cloud moved away after the total eclipse but that's the best picture I got of the whole event.

Some people were better prepared:

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ffutures
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Time:2015-03-18 11:18 pm (UTC)
That's pretty good.

Damn, I used to have some welding goggles knocking around somewhere, damned if I know what happened to them.
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pauldormer
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Time:2015-03-19 11:05 am (UTC)
Alas, cloud does seem to be the prediction here.
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ffutures
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Time:2015-03-19 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm aware - but might as well be ready if they're wrong.
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