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Solar eclipse

Solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse (partial) 20 March 2015. Captured in East Midlands, UK. Lunar passage commenced at 0830hrs & ended at 1030hrs. I was very fortunate to be located in one of a few places within the UK with clear skies for the entire event :-)

To capture this shot I used my Olympus OMD EM1 dslr with a 90-250mm lens and x2 TC. This yields a 500mm focal length (1000mm @ 35mm equiv). The lens was fitted with a solar filter (hand made with baader film). I captured a frame at approx 1 min intervals for the entire 2 hrs (F.5.6, ISO200, using a range of aperture speeds from 1/50s up to 1/800s) for varying exposures. Afterwards I imported all images into Aperture, selected the best from each 1 min batch and cropped (approx 40%) & also adjusting the blue levels to produce a solar yellow finish (By using a baader solar filter the images naturally expose with a purple tint). I then exported all completed images to full size JPEG. Finally I brought all these final exposures into software (Pixelmator) for aligning into 6 rows of 7.

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