The eclipse today – the first seen in totality across the United States in 99 years was something to behold, even if you didn’t plan right. I didn’t plan right.
I should have gone to Oregon to see 100% instead of 92% here in Seattle. I definitely should have tested my gear, rented something better, and composed my shot. Instead I found what I had and did what I could.
It turns out everyone tries to rent massive zoom lenses the day before eclipses. It also turns out that even when the camera store can dig up one 400mm for $100/day, you’d still have to pay far more than that for the ND filter you’re gonna need to shoot an eclipse. Instead, I used my 24-105 (which maps out to 168 on a crop-sensor) and the crappy 4x ND filters I had. I’m not sure if was just me or the lens or the filters, but yeah – lots of flare. As it turns out I’m ok with it, because the eclipse was high enough in the sky that it’s hard to get anywhere near it and still have something of interest in the frame. This shot is about as full as it got in Seattle.
Take pictures, have fun.
- Aperture: ƒ/22
- Camera: Canon EOS 70D
- Focal length: 105mm
- ISO: 200
- Shutter speed: 1/320s