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    • Good work.
      This was my first time seeing a total solar eclipse here in Missouri. My conclusions are that a partial photographs just like is looks, because you must shoot though a dark filter and then the sky is black. But in total the photos do not easily show what the eye observes. Where I was, the sky in total was never black, but dark blue, and I felt that the best way to photograph to show the event would be HDR where one shot exposes for the blue sky, and the other shot for the corona. Otherwise, to expose for the corona would force the sky black, which is not what I saw. Your shot through the clouds if beautiful. Am I correct that the sky as you observed it was dark blue?

      Obviously a different question if one is just taking scientific photos, then the black sky is fine.

    • Jack, thanks for the kind comments! To answer you directly, yes, the sky was a darker blue at totality than during the ‘regular' part of the day before and after. One note I made was how defined the shadows were during the darkest parts of the eclipse, the ambient light was just low. It was odd to feel like it was an overcast day, but still see so many shadows. We had a really cloudy day on the coast as luck had it. However, the sun was bright enough to cut through the clouds. This was an OOC JPEG and I'm working on processing the RAW images now to see if I can bring out any more coma… Hope your viewing in Missouri was fantastic!

    • In 1980, I witnessed in India, best way to shoot during totality is
      (1) Remove ND or Dark filter.
      (2) At Iso 400, Shutter speed 1/60 and take different images at all Apertures. This way you can record all phases from Baliy's Beads and different layers of Corona…
      (3) same setting, but keep Aperture at F/8.0 & shoot at different shutter speed from 5sec to 1/250.

      I have an old photo of my standing with my set up and photos of different phases. Photo is old and torn, but this is only i am left with.


    • Sunil, those are great photos, and film to boot! I wanted to try some film shots, but did not have two lenses that I could get a proper filter on and that mounted to a film body. Thanks for the exposure suggestions!

    • Now we will be ready for 2024. A fellow photographer predicted that by 20124 the DR of sensors will allow for a single shot to be able to pull out the range we need.

    • Interesting Jack. I also read that every 18 years we get a long totality. In 2047 we should have another solar eclipse in the US with 6 minutes of totality! It will be interesting to see what will be the Leica of that year!