I was working through the eclipse but took a short break to snap a few frames. It was a bit tricky, since I didn’t really have much time or the proper equipment to photograph an eclipse. I didn’t have any filters and didn’t use a tripod. Thankfully the light clouds provided some filtering effect and a little texture to the image. I also used a tall spruce tree to add some foregroud context.
To capture this image I had to use some crazy camera settings – 1/3200 sec, f/40, ISO 50, 250mm. Never actually looking at the sky, and hand holding the camera, I used the articulating screen on the back of my camera to find the sun and quickly snap my shots. I didn’t want to stay focused on the sun for more than a moment because without the proper filter there was a risk of damaging the image sensor. Of course, I increased the saturation in post processing.
This isn’t the best image, technically speaking, but at least I was able to grab a glimpse of the historic event in my area.
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