Solar Eclipse 2017

I've been waiting for many weeks now to see and photograph the Solar Eclipse of 2017. While Virginia was not in the line for the Totality of the eclipse I knew it was a rare occasion that I had to get. Reading some information on this phenomenon beforehand I knew I needed a solar filter to make sure I did not hurt the sensor of my camera and also to view the sun without blowing out all the highlights. I used the Canon 100-400 II and the Canon 5d mark III on a tripod to get the the shots. As you can see, I used an old yogurt container with the solar filter taped around it so that it would slide on my lens. 

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After playing around with the settings in live view I shot most shots at 1/50-1/60 of a second, 400 ISO, at F/8. This was one of the first shots I got so I had to post from the back of my camera.

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For the next hour or so I switched back and forth from remotely taking photos, viewing the viewfinder and looking at the eclipse with solar glasses. Everything was working out perfectly....until nature showed that it had it's own ideas. Thunder started rolling and dark storm clouds started covering the sky! As I continued to shoot this was my view of above. What little blue sky was left would soon be gone and the eclipse would be out of view.

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For the next 30 minutes or so Brittany and I wondered if the rain and storm clouds were going to secede. The good news is they did, the bad news is they decided to wait until after the Totality stage. Never the less soon after the clouds cleared and the blue skies returned. I was able to finish shooting and enjoy the remaining moments. All in all it was a great experience, a test of skills and a rare phenomenon that we shared together. After finishing the session I had to put together a few composites of the shots I had taken. What a great experience!

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