A Glimpse of the Queensland Solar Eclipse

November 24, 2012

Queensland Solar Eclipse

Photographer: Constantine Emmanouilidi
Summary Authors: Constantine Emmanouilidi; Jim Foster

These two photos were taken during the initial partial eclipse phase of the total solar eclipse observed in Queensland, Australia earlier this month. I was very fortunate to have clear skies for the entire spectacle. The safest way to view the portion of the eclipse before and after totality is by using a pinhole camera or similar sort of projection. Note that the shadows of my fingers are fairly sharp here. Near second and third contact, the Sun becomes a slit-like light source so shadows sharpen in one orientation but are somewhat fuzzier at an orientation of 90 degrees. Make sure if you use glasses that they’re safe for viewing the Sun. Always protect your eyes when even just looking in the vicinity of the Sun. Photo taken on November 2, 2012.

Photo details: Left - Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION; Camera Model: NIKON D5100; Focal Length: 55.0mm (35mm equivalent: 82mm); Aperture: f/6.3; Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160); ISO equiv: 200; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: Digital Photo Professional. Right - Same except Focal Length: 44.0mm (35mm equivalent: 66mm); Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0003 s (1/4000); ISO equiv: 400; Metering Mode: Spot; Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto).