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    The 2012 solar annular eclipse, as seen from near Kayenta, Arizona. The ring in the sky is the Sun.

    This is a single exposure.

    Even at maximum eclipse, the Sun was far too bright to view unprotected. It was, in fact, too bright to shoot with an unfiltered camera. I tried shooting it at ISO 100, f/45, 1/8000s, but it was still so blown out that the eclipse wasn't visible. Thus, the use of a filter.

    In essence, this is a 12-stop grad-ND filter, better known as a piece of welder's glass held over half of the lens aperture.

    (Edit: "annular" not "annual" -- stupid auto-correct)

    Isaac Sachs, kunalk4, johnshen85, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. MysteryStevenson1 34 months ago | reply

      Splendid image, and interesting technique.
      Oh yeah hate autocorrect my self as well as spellchecker and auto results as you input a word from keyboard into Google. The correctors and checkers never know how to spell technical words and Google leaps off with results before I have finished 3rd letter and search space has a word I didn't want and so must start over , Grr.
      Ah sweet revenge, the word I spelled as "correctors" can not be found,
      not even if I replace that last o with an e. hehehe.

    2. Josh Thompson 34 months ago | reply

      Outstanding. Was the filter held such that the landscape at the bottom is unfiltered? Or is this really how the light was distributed?

    3. zoxcleb 34 months ago | reply

      Incredible picture! Words fail me!

    4. Teuobk 34 months ago | reply

      @Josh: Right, the bottom of the image is unfiltered. With the filter covering the entire frame, everything except for the sun was solid black, and with no filter, the sun was so bright that no eclipse was visible. Hence, the hold-the-filter-over-half-the-aperture technique. :)

    5. Robert Hensley 33 months ago | reply

      Really awesome capture - moving in fact. Thank you for posting!

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