Solar Eclipse May 2012

Decided at the last moment to go out and try my hand at capturing some shots of the Solar Eclipse on May 20, 2012.  I knew the sun would set here in Iowa before the total eclipse happened, but it was still a fun time and experience.

Not having any welder’s glass or ND 400 filter readily available, I turned to another option.  The magnetic film inside a floppy disk!  After doing a bit of online research (ok, I googled it), I tore open a few floppy disks and made a custom filter to fit over my 200mm zoom lens.  I also made a couple of filters using cardboard to use as handheld viewers.  I didn’t have to go far, as there was a perfect viewing area just south of town.  Set up and tripod, taped my homemade filter to my lens and I was in business!

[alpine-phototile-for-smugmug src=”user_gallery” ugal=”23093976″ ugalkey=”V9b3P9″ imgl=”smugmug” style=”rift” row=”4″ num=”18″ size=”S” shadow=”1″ highlight=”1″ align=”center” max=”100″]

This entry was posted in Photography.