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 ;-)
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
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