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May 20, 2012

Annular Eclipse as seen from Casa de Carmichael

Tonight, as the sun set over the Rockies, the moon got in the way.  Voila’ an eclipse!  But as the moon is at apogee (the farthest away from the earth in it’s elliptical orbit) it is unable to block the body of the sun in it’s entirety, thus we see an “Annular Eclipse” instead of the more famous “Total Eclipse”.  An Annular Eclipse at it’s peak will form a ring of fire, as the moon forms the hole of a Sun Doughnut.

We here in Colorado were just outside the shadow line of a full Annular Eclipse, that privilege was reserved for our neighbors further to our west in Utah, and New Mexico.  Didn’t mean I didn’t go out and take my best shot at capturing the partial Eclipse.  Here is my result…

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This was a fun challenge to photograph.  Hope you enjoy…

May 20, 2012 in Current Affairs, Just Plain Cool, Photo, Science | Permalink


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That is really awesome. Looks lot more "Halloween" than "Eclipse", though. You should put it in your screen in Oct.

Posted by: cheap florida car insurance | Jul 5, 2012 4:21:07 AM


Actually the EXIF data on that image is a bit misleading. You're right, the exposure necessary to capture the detailed eclipse was actually 1/8000 f40! and I had a Polarizer on too! But then in order to capture any foreground (even in silhouette) I fired off an immediate second shot at 1/320 f18. Then composited the two images (masking in the detailed eclipse).

It is pretty much the ONLY way I could do that shot.


Posted by: J Carmichael | May 24, 2012 10:27:20 AM

That is really cool. Looks lot more "Halloween" than "Eclipse", though. You should put it in your window in October.

So how'd you get that? f/18 and 1/320s isn't that dark, so you must've had a bunch of ND filters on or something...

Posted by: Brian R | May 24, 2012 9:07:05 AM

"Happy Birthday from Mordor"

Posted by: KenofSoCal | May 23, 2012 2:03:01 PM

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