Going outside, I noticed the light looked "different". Not really darker, but somehow different. I couldn't resist grabbing my camera. I have a 10x neutral density filter that fits my wide angle lens. A 10x ND filter is just a really dark piece of glass and I figured it would protect my camera's sensor from burnout (I've since read the ND filters are NOT dark enough and not recommended for photographing the eclipse. Camera still seems to be working fine, so guess I dodged a bullet!!). Anyway, I put the focus setting on manual, focused to infinity, set the ISO on 100, and just held the camera in front of my face to avoid looking directly at the sun and started clicking.
These are heavily cropped. Kind of underwhelming shots, but it allowed me to see what was going on with the eclipse without looking directly at the sun.
May be one explanation for the different-looking light were the strange shadows. In certain areas, the shadows seemed to be shaped like little eclipses. The shot above shows these funny looking shadows on the cement on my backyard patio. Did anyone else notice eclipse shadows?
The thought struck me to see if the ND filter would fit my telephoto lens. I was almost positive it would not fit, which turned out to be the case. So I used some blue painter's tape to tape the ND filter to the front of my 100-400mm tele zoom lense. An act of desperation to be sure! Then I used the same approach (manual focus set to infinity, aim the camera towards the sun without looking in the viewfinder, and start clicking away!).
|400mm, ISO 100, F5.6, 1/500 sec, 10:40 AM|
I'm really looking forward to Skywatch Friday posts this week. It will be fun to compare what people were able to capture! And very curious to see if anyone else ended up with kidney beans!!
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