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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It was a cold morning with 13-degrees Fahrenheit and patches of fog in our rural neighborhood. This was a scene that caught my eye that morning. I tried to sharpen the trees a bit but the fog in the air kept everything soft.
I titled it Sky Iris because the sun in the trees remind me of a pupil and the fog-induced aura, accentuated by the branches, remind me of an eye’s iris.
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I almost missed this. I had heard that we might be able to view a smidge of the “Ring of Fire” eclipse that the West Coast was going to experience. Even though I knew about it, I had written it off because the weather forecast talked of rain starting in the afternoon. Naturally, I assumed, we wouldn’t even see a sunset and just put it out of my mind.
As it happens, while working on some other photos on my computer, I noticed an odd color in the sky and, out of habit, took a look. Then I remembered! And, then I dashed for my camera. As I ran out the door I told my wife to look out the window and I would be outside taking pictures.
We only saw a partial eclipse, but it put on a nice show any way.
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One of the things I like to do is catch the sun peeking from behind the Algoma, WI lighthouse. I took this image last Sunday morning on my way to church. The sun is rising pretty early in these parts right now. This photo was snapped around 5:55 am.
More clouds in the sky would have made this a more interesting image for me. The one thing I do like – and the reason I think it’s worthy of sharing – is the way the sun seems to reach around the lighthouse. The rays remind me of arms reaching around to gently, warmly caress the lighthouse. A good morning hug!
I’ve isolated and enlarged the lighthouse to give you a better view of the sun’s embrace. (Right)
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As soon as I got up this morning, I headed to the beach in Kewaunee, WI. I thought this might be a good morning for some sunrise photos of the Kewaunee’s lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan. I got plenty of good images.
In this shot, someone, on an early morning walk (shortly after 5 am) along the pier, stops to take in the beautiful sunrise. I’m not positive, but I think they had a camera and were taking pictures.
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