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Old 19-04-2014, 06:21   #1 (permalink)
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suggestions for solar eclipse photo

Ok will reading some things on the new I have found out that april 28 2014 solar eclipse

That can be views in Australia

So can some one give some tips on what to do and what not to do

I have Panasonic DMC G2 twin lens camera and only just got it

So i plan on doing some research before hand
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Old 19-04-2014, 06:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

Not tried anything like this but I think that from a safety point of view you should be using live view rather than the viewfinder and maybe even then wearing sunglasses or using a filter to reduce the intensity of the Sun.

Bracketing the exposures won't do any harm either and using a tripod will enable you to be able to blend two or more pictures taken at the same point in the eclipse. Manual focus will probably be best, and if you do use a tripod a remote release or using the timer if you don't have a remote release will be best.
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Old 19-04-2014, 06:49   #3 (permalink)
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

thanks Graham I have a tripod and a remote button
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Old 19-04-2014, 07:47   #4 (permalink)
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

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Not tried anything like this but I think that from a safety point of view you should be using live view rather than the viewfinder and maybe even then wearing sunglasses or using a filter to reduce the intensity of the Sun.
This is very tricky because you will not be in the total eclipse area in Australia. As noted on various websites this is a very unusual eclipse because the total eclipse happens almost off the boundaries of Earth's globe, far south in Antartica.

To respond to Graham's message which on the face of it seems common sense in order not to look at the Sun and damage your eyes, however you will very likely damage your sensor by using Live View pointing at the Sun for sustained periods (at a guess more than a second). You will be focussing the strength of the Suns rays on the sensor. At best you will lose the use of a few pixels, at worst you will buckle the sensor with the heat. Especially if you are working without any filter on the camera. There is the advantage that the eclipse will be on the horizon and the atmosphere will take some of the strength of the Suns rays away but even then sunset photos of a Sun above the horizon never need a shutter speed of one second.

Using a Neutral density filter (suggest minimum x6) will help you to use Live View, but I would still avoid using Live View if possible because you will only be getting a partial eclipse and therefore still have some strong Sun rays. Looking at the camera you are using I wonder if your viewfinder is also a sensor, in which case you will need to take care.

Using your tripod, practice taking some night shots of the Moon. This will give you an idea of the focal length you want to use, and also an understanding of tracking the Moon while the earths rotates. If using a telephoto lens of equivalent to 200mm, over a period of about 10 seconds you will be able to see that the Moon moves across the viewfinder screen. Be prepared to follow it. The Sun takes approximately 2 minutes to traverse its image.

To take the Sun I would advise using the viewfinder to look at the Sun by using a darkened mirror, or a dark gelatine, behind the view finder. This takes some practice if you are tracking something, but should protect both your eyes and leave the sensor in the camera behind the shutter until the time to take the photo. Try it with the Sun in the position you expect to see it (pretty well sunset) once you have the kit to work with. Taking the photo in itself should not be too difficult, just avoiding getting your eyes or sensor damaged is the essential point.

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Old 20-04-2014, 01:51   #5 (permalink)
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

grease spot thanks I have not decided to do it I plan on doing lots of practice and such I do not want to stuff the camera up on my first try

knowing my luck it will be a cloudy day but we shall see
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Old 20-04-2014, 12:03   #6 (permalink)
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

Sorry if I scared you off it. It was not the intention. As with the nice sunsets you have made the camera will only risk being damaged if you point it at the Sun for prolonged periods. At the middle of the day this is not very long before damage can occur and Live View would be definitely inadvisable.

Your sunset shots will have been taken later in the day than the eclipse (reading NASA's information http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHfi...2014-Fig02.pdf you will get the best eclipse shots at around 16:45 local time). As this is an autumn Sun for you it will not be too strong. I think you should be prepared to take the eclipse. I would set up everything in preparation so that using Live View can be avoided - as said earlier practice tracking the Moon. It is a very rare occasion for this type of eclipse that happens to just over 1% of all Total Eclipses according to NASA.
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Old 21-04-2014, 00:56   #7 (permalink)
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

That is ok i am defiantly going to attempt some thing that day I got some sun set shots last night some i am happy with other no so so I have to look at the setting I used and see what is good and what is not
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

I am just waiting in anticipation for the shots.
Sounds a great idea. There was a daytime moon eclipse the other day
But got distracted with work so missed it. Was told it turned blood red. Dang.
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

Fiztastic yes the moon was good unfortunately I did not have a working camera that day it look like not may will get to see the show because of the location so we shall see what happens on the day
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo



Just found this from the other night a solar elclipse not good I hope to do better next time with the new camera this was taken with Fuji 2000HD
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

Well bad news it is overcast and you cannot see the sun looks like a fizzer
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I will keep my eye on the weather during the day
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well it is 12 :30 and it looks bad for me there is a huge band of cloud going all the way into South Australia and it is starting to rain

May be if a am very lucky I might get a decent sun set but I am not holding my breath
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well some thing I do not wear too often but today it is time to put on the good old
Driza-Bone coat because it is really bucketing down and we are almost half way through the elcipse at 3:04 pm

bugger I was so looking forward to it
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

Good swap though - no eclipse for water? Better than no eclipse and just clouds.
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

True the town 200ks from us called Tibboburra and it is called camrons corner as it is the corner of NSW Queensland and South Australia

That town basically ran out of water 2 months ago and we are still in drought

talking about fences I must get up there becase it is where one of the longest fences is located it is a Dingo proof fence that stops dindos getting into NSW grazing propertys

The Fence starts Queensland and goes all the way to South Australia 5,614 kilometres
Dingo Fence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Australia is either in Drought or flood and occasionally we get a good year

One of the big problems in Australia was people wanted a typical English garden with a lush green lawns , but that is not sustainable in this country

Would you believe Adelaide Perth Sydney are all run water restrictions in summer because they just do not have enough water for the people
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Re: suggestions for solar eclipse photo

well in todays local paper it seems that the enter event in Australia was a total fizzer no one got a decent look at the sun due to a huge cloud band

not good and the next one is 2028 I will be 73 year year of age by then

**** what a thought
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