Use the right filter to protect your camera, lens, and eyes
I was at a friend's wedding venue (Kindred Oaks) celebrating with them their 20 year business anniversary. I didn't want to miss their event, and I didn't want to miss photographing the eclipse so I took my Sony 7RM5 camera with me.
The photo above and the photo below I experimented with my manual settings, making sure I didn't injure my retina by looking through the lens (that was tricky). I made sure I attached my high quality, glass ND filter purchased at Precision Camera in Austin, TX. For the photo above, my settings were: f16, 1/400, iso 50. For the photo below, my settings were: f16, 1/2000, iso 250.
I was very excited about this photo below because I was able to capture the stars as well in the middle of the day just by changing my settings to f8, 1/250 and 640 iso. At first I thought it was just noise but then looking at it blown up and seeing what noise looks like in other photos, I determined it was stars.
Get Creative! I decided to photograph the eclipse through the trees. It almost looks like the moon at night.
Wow, the eclipse got so bright that I would not have been able to photograph it without the proper ND filter on and bumping my settings all the way. In the photo below, my settings were 1/1600, F22, and ISO 50. Without the ND filter, I don't think I would have been able to photograph this and have a black sky to concentrate just on the eclipse.
The photo below was what it looked like with my eclipse glasses on. This is what everyone saw at the beginning of the eclipse. My camera settings were: F16, 1/10,000 iso 400.
Don't miss the little things!
I almost missed the shadows the eclipse created through the trees. I was so busy looking in the sky, that I almost missed what was right in front of me. Someone pointed it out and wow, so glad I got to see and appreciate the shadows.
Don't miss the next Eclipse in April 2024!
Don't miss photographing the eclipse in April of 2024. From what I understand, Airbnb's are booking up already in Central Texas so people can be here to photograph this amazing event.