Solar Eclipse

We were given access to the roof of the college tower block in order to photograph today’s solar eclipse. We were very lucky as the cloud that was threatening a lot of the country began to thin around 8.30, and apart from a couple of cloudy moments, it remained clear for much of the morning.

I set my camera on a tripod and fitted two ND filters to the lens. Feeling that this was still a little bit too bright I slid a red filter into the holder too. I put the camera on Manual, set the ISO to 50, the aperture to f8 and played around with the shutter speed until I was happy with the results. I started off at around 1/1250 sec but experimented with different shutter speeds, getting slower as the moon crossed the sun. I shot in RAW trying to keep the images slightly under-exposed in order to accentuate any cloud detail in the images.

These are a few of the photos that I took this morning. The red filter has given them a dramatic feel that I quite like.

While I was on the roof of the college I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of the surrounding scenery. These are the views over Queens Gardens in Hull that the statue of William Wilberforce looks upon every day.