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Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?

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PeterJ:
End up having any luck Hillsilly? From here (near Hobart) apart from only a partial 50% odd it was too cloudy to even see the sun most of the time, although it popped out a few times and I got a couple of shots.

Hillsilly:
Nice - very moody.

My work plans changed and I found myself still in Brisbane.  I missed the "total" solar eclipse and had a crescent shaped sun, too.  Still, I found it very interesting.

I took a few photos, and will take a closer look at them as soon as I get home tonight.  For lack of anything better, I stacked an IR filter, a 3 stop ND filter and a polarizer on the end of a Canon 100-300, which I mounted onto an Olympus EPL-1.  I went with the Olympus so that I could compose through the EVF without worrying about eye damage.  But I probably should have trialled it first.  While viewing through the EVF was fine and worked well, the combination of filters and lower quality lens led to a lot of lens flare which I think ruined most of the shots.

Hillsilly:
My best effort.  As I thought lens flare, incorrect exposure choices and imperfect equipment led to some disappointing results.  Oh well...at least I'm a little better informed.  When the next one is here in 17 years times, I'll be on top of these things. 

AdamJ:
The Bing search engine had this stunning pic as their wallpaper a few weeks ago. I'd appreciate any insight as to how it was done.


Rat:

--- Quote from: AdamJ on November 17, 2012, 07:01:19 AM ---The Bing search engine had this stunning pic as their wallpaper a few weeks ago. I'd appreciate any insight as to how it was done.

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That looks a suspicious lot like the sun's magnetic field. Although there might be tricks to take photographs of solar wind, I think they would require specialist equipment and more than just a few filters. I suspect this might just be an artist's impression, though.

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