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Closing of the Ring

Annular Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012.

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation, Arizona.

 

© Waldemar Halka - All rights reserved

 

Until I figure out how to put together a sequence shot in Photoshop, I am posting my favorite photo of the eclipse. I like it because it was taken just a second or two before the Ring of Fire closed, as you can see by the small break in the bottom of the ring.

 

I was concerned that none of my photos of the eclipse would come out because I waited too long to buy a solar filter and none were available by the time I got around to shop for one. I tried a welding mask filter (16 stop reduction) as recommended on some websites, but it did not work well for photography. The welding filter, however, was great for viewing the sun. I found that stacking a 9 stop ND filter and a CPL filter (which is about 1.5 stop) worked just fine. Overall, I am pleased with the results of my first attempt to photograph the solar eclipse with the equipment I had at my disposal. The experience of viewing the eclipse in a stunning location like Monument Valley was magnificent. But I felt dwarfed by guys next to me who were shooting the event with telescopes that most likely reach the beginning of time ;-)

 

Photo information:

Nikon D7000

Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II @200mm | f/8 | 1/8000 sec | ISO 100

Tamron 2X extender

Hoya ND400 filter (9 stop reduction)

Nikon CLP filter (1.5 stop reduction)

Gitzo tripod and RRL BH-55 ballhead

Post-processed in LR4 and CS5

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND FAVS. THEY ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

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Taken on May 20, 2012