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Photographing August 2017 solar eclipse, selfie

Postby Odin » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:58 am

Hello,

Im planning to make the trek to the path of totality for this eclipse. Ive seen a number of partial solar eclipses over the years, but never a total solar eclipse so this event is a rare opportunity to take in an event which has been on my bucket list. I would like to create a lasting memory of the event by way of a photograph of me in the fore ground (face/shoulders) and the eclipse in the back ground over my shoulder. Ive looked at many photos of total eclipses and have never seen one like i describe. Im guessing that it might be a tough photo to capture, due to the light of the sun creating a condition where the face in the fore ground is under exposed. (black).

Is it possible to adjust the settings of an slr, or a basic digital camera and capture the photo im describing? ...or is this just a waste of time and effort? Id prefer to use my basic digital camera, and maybe force the flash. My old SLR is a film camera and i have not used it in years.

Let me know what you think. Any advice is appreciated.
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Re: Photographing August 2017 solar eclipse, selfie

Postby Aratus » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:28 pm

Possibly a timed exposure, but a flash to take your image. Some cameras have such a setting, or someone else could flash you while your shutter was open taking the eclipse.
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Re: Photographing August 2017 solar eclipse, selfie

Postby voyager » Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:38 pm

I imagine your face would look rather ghostly, and the eclipsed sun will be very small in a wide-angle view. I would recommend a projection selfie - https://twitter.com/dustchick/status/525408831346847746/photo/1 which looks natural and allows you to enjoy the rest of the eclipse without farting about with a camera (if its your first time, just enjoy the view and let the pros take the shots).
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Re: Photographing August 2017 solar eclipse, selfie

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon May 29, 2017 11:55 am

I would take the "selfie" and a separate photo of the eclipse then combine the two. I use something similar for taking "snaps" of Jupiter with its moons.

Each to his own but I never take selfies. I might have been an OK looking guy when I was half my current age but these days I look neither good nor interesting.
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Re: Photographing August 2017 solar eclipse, selfie

Postby Gfamily2 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:27 pm

The eclipsed Sun will be about the size of your little fingernail at arm's length, so it's going to be hard to get a reasonable scale that'll show you and the eclipse at the same time.
What you could try is projecting the semi-eclipsed Sun onto a screen behind you, using a small refractor or one side of a pair of binoculars. Then you can take a selfie with that included in the scene. Not sure it'll work particularly well though.
Thinking on though - if you're near woodland, during the partial phase, the sunlight through the leaves will produce crescent shaped areas of light and shade on the woodland floor. You could lie down and take a selfie with those shapes on your face.
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Re: Photographing August 2017 solar eclipse, selfie

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:11 pm

If you cannot buy a DSLR then use a small telescope and poke your compact digital camera at the eyepiece. It isn't rocket science and the technique is described here:

http://www.philippughastronomer.com/How ... amera.html

To be honest, it's a bit "old hat" as I use DSLRs and webcams these days but not everyone has them.
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