Last weekend I stood at the edge of the campground at Fort Churchill State Park in western Nevada, with several cameras on tripods aimed toward the late afternoon sun. As a complete novice in solar photography, everything I was doing was an experiment. Even if the experiments failed, though, the eclipse was exciting to watch (safely, through my Eclipse Viewer) and I hardly even noticed the mosquitoes feasting on my legs.
This first experiment came out pretty well. It’s a composite of 31 separate exposures, each 1 minute apart, beginning about 6:10 pm, continuing through maximum annularity about 6:30, and ending as clouds fully obscured the sun about 6:40. This series was made on Kodak Ektar 100 film in my old Nikkormat FTN, with 2 polarizing filters rotated to near-maximum opacity on a 105 mm lens. The negatives were scanned into Photoshop, where they were cleaned up a bit, stacked, and aligned.
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