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Background on this solar eclipse
When I started this
Yesterday, August 21st of 2017 marked the first day in 38 years (according to Popular Mechanics) North America witnessed the solar eclipse take shape. Of course, I had to do what I had to do to get this on camera. Luckily I was scheduled to stay late at work this day to record a board meeting so I could take the afternoon off. So, from approximately 1:15 pm to 2:45 I recorded this moment in history using still frames shot every 10 seconds with the Sony 70-200 f/2.8 lens (with B+W 110 ND 3,0 – BL 1000x E filter attached). My camera is currently the Sony A7Rii for the sole reason I can digitally crop in so much to recover details. If I’d been using my Canon 5D Mark III (22mp) I wouldn’t have gotten this high 42mp resolution.
In Adobe Lightroom, the only settings I changed between the first 300 or so frames was the exposure. I ended up shooting at about 4 stops too dark, which was unfortunate and now something I’ll have to work with. My takeaway from this experiment is to next time, 7 years from now in 2024, make it better with more detail!
Making a virtual copy for 4 or 5 frames (each time I repositioned tripod) was necessary every time because of lens distortion from the edge of
This is one of my favorite moments in the series. I’m surprised that I enjoy the noise quality, but I do. So far I’ve only changed my exposure and crop so I’m always focused on sun position. This was +3.75 exposure. This is an example of the counter above, which was more underexposed.
And… the clouds took over, making for a fitting end.