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Photo slideshow captures the Great American Eclipse

I don’t know how many “amazing” adjectives I can use to describe the solar eclipse last week and my being under the path of totality. More than a week later I still can’t believe it. The problem is that I don’t know how best to depict the photos I took of the event. The collage I shared last week did a good job I think and now I took some of the images and put them into a video slideshow. What do you think?

Solar eclipse provides prime corona viewing

Such a treat to be able to capture not only the eclipse but also this rarely seen part of our Sun. This is actually a sequence of seven images, all taken at different exposures, stacked on top of each other using a technique called HDR – High Dynamic Range. Compiling images that were under, over and properly exposed all together allow a greater level of detail of the corona to be seen in photographs than what would otherwise be possible.

It truly was beautiful to witness in person and this image helps to capture it. Extending thousands of miles from the star’s surface, this area of plasma is the Sun’s outermost atmosphere. It is normally only visible during an eclipse or by using a specialized type of telescope called a coronagraph. The area is actually hotter than the surface of the sun with temperatures up to 18 million degrees Fahrenheit!

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An HDR image of the Great American Eclipse at totality showcases the sun's corona. (© Tony’s Takes)

An HDR image of the Great American Eclipse at totality showcases the sun’s corona. (© Tony’s Takes)

Panorama of the stages of Eclipse 2017

Stepping outside my comfort zone here and piggybacking on some ideas for collages I saw online. This one takes 11 images of the various stages of the solar eclipse from start to finish as seen from Goshen County, Wyoming. I am far from a Photoshop pro as I rarely need to use it for most of my work but this one came out pretty good I think.

All images taken with my Canon 7D Mark II and a Sigma 150-600 Sports.

A collage of images of the various stages of the Great American Eclipse. (© Tony’s Takes)

A collage of images of the various stages of the Great American Eclipse. (© Tony’s Takes)

Partial phases of Eclipse 2017

Three years ago my brother mentioned the eclipse to me and we said then we were going to go and I am so thankful that I did. For the photography I did a lot of reading, planning and practicing and it panned out. I captured the event from start to finish and overall think the pics came out quite well.

Here is a series of eight images together – the top four showing the eclipse beginning and the bottom four showing it ending. Me thinks a trip to Texas in 2024 may be in order! 😉

Various stages of the partially eclipsed sun during the Great American Eclipse.   (© Tony’s Takes)

Various stages of the partially eclipsed sun during the Great American Eclipse. (© Tony’s Takes)

The diamond ring

Oh my. I cannot begin to describe what I experienced yesterday. Eclipse 2017 was everything I had hoped it would be. Breathtaking would be a good word for it.

Here you see the ‘diamond ring effect’ – the few seconds right before the eclipse enters totality. Nothing short of amazing!

I had planned on driving home right afterwards but unfortunately traffic kept me in place. I did actually start to head for home and didn’t make it two miles before hitting a monster traffic jam on this little highway in southeastern Wyoming. Rather than fight it, I turned around and spent another night up here. More pictures to come!

The diamond ring effect of the 2017 total solar eclipse.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The diamond ring effect of the 2017 total solar eclipse. (© Tony’s Takes)

Supermoon lunar eclipse foiled by clouds

Mother Nature just did not want to cooperate tonight with a steady stream of clouds obscuring the view of the moon here north of Denver. Early on I managed a few shots but with clouds in the way. After that, the chances were so fleeting and fast shooting in between the clouds that my results were very disappointing.

The total lunar eclipse as it began.  Obscured a bit by clouds north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The total lunar eclipse as it began. Obscured a bit by clouds north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The total lunar eclipse as it began.  Obscured a bit by clouds north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The total lunar eclipse as it began. Obscured a bit by clouds north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The total lunar eclipse as it began.  Obscured a bit by clouds north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The total lunar eclipse as it began. Obscured a bit by clouds north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Partial solar eclipse as seen from Denver

Quite a treat to be able to witness this celestial event.

To shoot a picture of an eclipse properly, you really need special filters and a more powerful lens than what I have. Both are expensive and so I improvised as far as the filter goes and taped welder’s glass to the front of my lens.  The end result wasn’t too bad and you can even see sun spots on the surface.

This was taken about 15 minutes before the eclipse maximum as clouds intruded on the main event. 🙁

The October 23, 2014 partial solar eclipse as seen from Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The October 23, 2014 partial solar eclipse as seen from Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Nighttime sky dazzles with lunar eclipse, the star Spica and Mars

Lunar eclipses aren’t really all that rare but they are quite fun to view – and photograph.  Of course as is the case with last night’s event, sometimes it isn’t so easy to get out of bed to do so.  😉

I woke up three times last night to try to get some images of the event.  Two of those photos are below.

The upper images catches more than just the moon. Below and to the right of the moon is the star Spica, the 15th brightest start in the night sky and the brightest in the constellation Virgo. Perhaps more interesting is Mars, toward the top right of the image. The planet is at its closest to Earth in 6 years right now making it very easy to spot. Even at this distance, the color of the red planet is clearly seen.

The lower image is a composite of three stages of the eclipse.  It shows the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end.

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April 15, 2014 - The moon is fully eclipsed while the star Spica is below and to the right of the moon and Mars is seen in the top right corner. (© Tony’s Takes)

April 15, 2014 – The moon is fully eclipsed while the star Spica is below and to the right of the moon and Mars is seen in the top right corner. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

April 15, 2014 – The total lunar eclipse.  A composite showing the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end. (© Tony’s Takes)

April 15, 2014 – The total lunar eclipse. A composite showing the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end. (© Tony’s Takes)