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#1 jcabbott


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 05:32 PM

This is my first post here, but I have been looking at the work of others for a couple years.

The photo here is a composite of 13 shots taken during the eclipse on Monday. I had planned what I was going to do for over a year, but one look at the sun during totality and my brain froze - it was SO AWESOME!


The hardware was a Nikon D5300, Sigma 150-500 set at 300mm, a hoodman right angle finder (the sun was at 70 Deg.), a SLIK tripod and an Indoor Gimbal head.


Most of the shots were taken at F8 at 1/1000th.  I tried to get a good shot of the coronas but I was so excited I missed most of the totality shots. 


I can't wait for 2024!


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:04 PM

Nice job! Being in Jersey I didn't bother ... I figured I'd admire other people's work.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 09:58 PM

Great collage... and your totality shot looks like it's captured a fair bit of the corona without any exposure blending so your settings must have been good. Since I never got a chance to shoot totality, I'm curious what your exact exposure setting was for that phase. gotta get ready for 2024 myself...


Since I was only able to see a 91% eclipse, I assembled a timelapse of the partial eclipse...but its over 300MB so I don't think I can post it here. Instead I'll just share one of my few good shots at max eclipse. Clouds rolled in right in the middle of the show and spoiled a decent chunk of it for me.

1/40 sec F/7 700mm


I think either my focus was just a liiiiiittle off, or the turbulance from the air was really severe, but it's fairly consistant in all my shots so I'm leaning towards focus

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:22 AM

Welcome to this little forum John I hope you enjoy whatever time you care to share with us.. and boy what an entrance..(-:


That is a really nice well executed presentation, also great that it seems the weather co-operated with your long term plan. Thanks for posting.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:02 AM

Very cool and interesting. Watched it with glasses. 85% here. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 07:01 AM

Hello John, welcome.

That's a great compilation.  You could imagine it on the wall of a school classroom.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 08:29 AM

With regard to the settings for my eclipse settings, the images of the sun were taken at F8, 1/1000 sec at ISO 100. The image of the Corona was taken at F8, 1/10 sec at ISO 100.


For guidance on exposures, I used the data on Fred Espenak's MrEclipse website.  When I used them, they worked. But I made the mistake of deviating from my plan and looked at the eclipsed sun for a second and my brains melted after that. I had a plan to take a series of exposures going down to as long as 2 seconds, but I got so gobsmacked that I took a lot of photos at 1/4000th.  Needless to say they did not show anything. But I caught myself and got several exposures at lower speeds that included the corona shot and a couple Diamond Ring shots (see my website at www.humealumni.org/eclipse2017.html).


I really can't stress how important practice is as you only get 2-3 minutes of totality.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 11:31 PM

nice shots. It reminds me I need to work with mine and post some.  I was lucky enough to experience the eclipse in Teton National Park.

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