eclipse

Top image, because I can’t get the caption to show:

This is peak British Columbia: in an almost clear sky, the one tiny bit of cloud obscures the sun as it approaches maximum occlusion. (Photo of a pinhole projection.)

The eclipse in BC was only going to be 90% or so, but since this is still a rare event, I got organized to watch it. Well, not that organized; I didn’t acquire any special glasses to watch it directly. But I did make a viewing box, a pinhole camera without the photographic paper.

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Then I decide to try to take pictures to document the whole thing, but as I didn’t have any special camera filters, that meant taking pictures of what the pinhole camera showed. The results were iffy; neither my iPhone nor my DSLR were particularly good at getting the focus right, and on top of that it’s hard to hold a camera and a viewing box and see what you’re doing and keep the viewing hole more or less blocked and the pinhole projection in the right place. This was the best I managed, and it’s pretty awful.

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So I turned my attention to the eclipse’s effects on ambient light.

This is the light in our yard when the eclipse was about halfway, taken with a shutter speed of 160.

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This is the same shutter speed, taken closer to the maximum eclipse. It’s significantly darker.

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The sky definitely does not look like a sky normally looks at 10:30 in the morning.

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It’s odd, in some ways it didn’t feel significantly darker, given that 90% of the sun was covered—but then you realize the difference it makes to the shadows.

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These were also taken at shutter speed 160, at earlier and then later stages.

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Oh, look.

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The crispest image that I got of the eclipse is in a sunspot caused by shooting into the sun! Well, damn.

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2 thoughts on “eclipse

  1. Pretty cool pics. Specially the last one. We were driving on Hwy 1 near Manning Park and we stopped. We had nothing with which to look at the sun and it just seemed that the light was strange. Glad to see your photos.

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