Sunday, January 24, 2010

Annular Solar Eclipse Time-Lapse

Although I already posted a composite image made from several exposures of the eclipse , I had quite a lot of frames, so I went back through and made an actual little time-lapse QuickTime movie of it.

If it seems that it gets brighter or less bright at times, that's mostly just due to me not being sure what exposure time to use, and generally cycling through a few of them (1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100) but forgetting to do so at some points and winding up with, say, only 1/40 or only 1/100 at certain phases of the eclipse.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Annular Solar Eclipse, 15 Jan 2010

I shot a multi-exposure sequence of this morning's annular solar eclipse from Kampala, Uganda. After thirteen cloudy mornings in a row, the sky was clear for the eclipse!

From the time the moon started going in front of one side of the sun, to the time it finished coming out from the other side, took about 3 hours. But the "ring" only lasted 6-8 minutes. 

Along with Thousand Oaks black polymer solar filters for the ends of my camera's lenses, I brought a few pairs of mylar sunglasses, so that people around me could safely get views of the eclipse.

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