Dean Ginther  

Solar Eclipse by Dean Ginther

May 2020 - Solar Eclipse

About the Image(s)

Since I have not been getting out and taking pics much lately I am recycling some older photos. This was taken in August of 2017 at Festus AK, which was directly in the path of the total solar eclipse. Taken with my Pentax K-1, 1/20, f13, 800 ISO on a tripod and with the appropriate filter. I converted it to bw.

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11 comments posted

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Dean you caught that just at the right time. Great shot. Good to see you keeping safe by not going out. We have been doing the same and most of our state has been doing the same. We have just gone through 11 days without anyone catching the virus in south Aust, with luck we will have some of our restrictions lifted soon.   Posted: 05/03/2020 21:12:30
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Geoffrey. I think you are doing much better in Oz than we are here in the States.   Posted: 05/03/2020 21:35:45

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Nice image of an eclipse. One could see all the sun rays around the moon.
Stay safe...   Posted: 05/04/2020 13:33:11

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
As we all sit at home during this period of lockdown we are all looking for things to occupy our time. I have been going through old files and have found some amazing pictures that I seemed to overlook originally.
So don't feel guilty to show us this wonderful rendition of the solar eclipse. It is well positioned and well shown.   Posted: 05/04/2020 15:15:29

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Mervyn.   Posted: 05/04/2020 15:23:53

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Even if it is an old image, Dean, it is a fine one. The highlights are exposed perfectly. And you took it at the perfect moment to have the halo perfectly centered. I assume it got pretty dark there during the eclipse. Here in Florida it it never got dark.
It is good that you are staying close to home as we are. It is not safe out there, too many people not adhering to guidelines.   Posted: 05/06/2020 14:36:24
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy. I agree; there are some people out there with not much caution or good sense.   Posted: 05/06/2020 18:08:52

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is a really great shot. The quality is really nice and position is really good.   Posted: 05/10/2020 12:38:51

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I think its awesome! Can you discuss what filters you used and what post processing? I'd love to get something like this at some point in the future. What personal protection did you use in focusing, etc.?   Posted: 05/10/2020 16:22:16

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther

You have to purchase a filter specifically for taking photos of the sun. They can be relatively cheap if you get one with a plastic filter and cardboard body which slides over your lens. No other special eye protection is needed that I know about. After that it is manual exposure and adjusting as needed. If you are taking pictures of an solar eclipse like this, you have to regularly adjust the exposure since the amount of light is changing. And you have to adjust where the lens is pointed because the earth is rotating. There isn't much post processing to do.There is lots of info on the WWW about taking pics during a solar eclipse -- the most difficult part is getting yourself to a spot where you can see a total eclipse. I had to drive a 600 miles but other people will go thousands of miles to get these pics. The next total one in the U.S. will be in April of 2024. Start planning at least a year ahead if you will need lodging reservations.   Posted: 05/10/2020 19:20:06
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Dean, thanks so much for such a thorough explanation! I appreciate it!   Posted: 05/24/2020 19:29:56