This was taken at Folly Beach, South Carolina during totality of the 2017 Eclipse. Taken with a Leica SL, handgrip attached with extra battery, using a Reflex-Nikkor 500mm mirrored f/8 lens and a novaflex L to Nikon F adapter. I also used the Leica SL iOS app on the iPad to show others the images and then download and share them real time. The shutter remote was used to avoid camera shake. Interesting to note, the cloud cover was thick enough we believed we would not be able to see the eclipse. However, the SL with slower shutter speeds was able to cut through the clouds enough to get some great photographs.
- Jack MacD 21 August 2017
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.
- LeicaPhotos 22 August 2017
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!
- Sunil Mehta 23 August 2017
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.
- LeicaPhotos 24 August 2017
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!
- Jack MacD 25 August 2017
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.
- LeicaPhotos 25 August 2017
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!