Mike Patterson  

Eclipse by Mike Patterson

November 2023 - Eclipse

About the Image(s)

We were on the path of October's solar eclipse. Unfortunately, a small cloud floated past the sun just as the moon was at the point of totally covering it. I did grab this image. I used a Canon 7D and a 100-400 Canon lens, mounted on a tripod. I set an ISO of 100 to reduce the noise, and had a shutter speed of 1/1600 to freeze the motion. My focal length was 6.3. Processed in Lightroom. I cropped out the surrounding empty sky and pushed up the temperature to bring out the yellow sun. I'd never shot an eclipse before, so I'm a bit pleased at how this one turned out. In April, we'll be in the path of another total eclipse. With a little experience now under my belt, I hope I'll do even better.

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6 comments posted

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Mike, excellent low key image. Love what you did with temperature to bring out the yellow sun. Here in Florida the eclipse was nowhere near a sliver such as yours. Very striking work!   Posted: 11/04/2023 16:49:23

Michele Borgarelli   Michele Borgarelli
Mike, I really like your photo and the way you post process it. I would like to see the original image but it looks like these were difficult conditions and the photo has definitively a strong impact.

best wishes

Michele   Posted: 11/04/2023 17:50:36
Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Thank you for your comments. I'm attaching the original to show how much processing was involved.   Posted: 11/07/2023 06:50:21
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Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
We seem to be blessed with a set of great images this month Mike - this one's no exception. Very simple in theory these kind of shots but more difficult to PP and present, well done. Looking forward to your May shot with interest!   Posted: 11/05/2023 05:55:02

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Well done! I really like the color shift. In fact, I may steal the idea for my shot.   Posted: 11/05/2023 22:10:02

John Zhu   John Zhu
What a beautiful capture! Good job.   Posted: 11/07/2023 17:51:53