Solar Eclipse 2015

Solar Eclipse 2015

As many of you know, or perhaps not (due to geographic reasons) parts of the world witnessed a solar eclipse – a rare phenomenon in which the sun is completely obscured by the moon. Important to notice that in this region of the world (Scotland) we witnessed approximately 95%-98% coverage.

As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks (“occults”) the Sun. This can happen only at new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.

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So, I read a couple of blogs on how to take photos to this great astronomical  probability, and spoke with some friends (Murray and Gleb) that have great photography knowledge.

Then I bought 4 filters, 3 ND (neutral density) and a UV one. For those wondering about ND: a neutral density filter orND filter is a filter that reduces or modifies the intensity of all wavelengths or colors of light equally, giving no changes in hue of color rendition. It can be a colorless (clear) or grey filter.

Equipment:

  • Canon EOS Rebel (stock lens)
  • 2, 4, 8 ND filters
  • UV filter
  • GoPro Hero 3 (for the timelapse)

So, at 8:30am I started walking towards Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, to try to get some nice shots… And the result is next, please enjoy. (Don’t forget to watch the video at the end…)

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Be sure to watch the video:

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