Ring of Fire
Annular eclipse 05/20/2012
Experiencing this spectacle made the long afternoon drive from Folsom to Chico, CA all the worthwhile for 4 little minutes of glory. Talk about challenging...having absolutely no knowledge on how to shoot a solar eclipse, I "Googled" like crazy but never really found the magic formula. I rented a 2x Canon extender, screwed on my 10 stop B+W ND filter, set my camera to Live-View, and hoped for the best. I tried finding anything for a foreground element but this turned out to be nearly impossible as the sun was far too high in the sky. I found some trees and somewhat blindly included some of the upper branches in frame. As far as that nasty lens flare ring? $5 to anyone who can clean it up. I think I'm too lazy from the drive home tonight!