Photographing the Eclipse

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Nepherim, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Nepherim

    Nepherim Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2012
    NJ, USA
    I'm in Uganda, and we will get to see a 90 percent eclipse today. Other than not looking at the sun, any tips for photographing it? I have an em5, 40 -150, 45, 12-50. Thinking the150 is my best bet, manual focus, shutter priority fast as I can, lowest iso, wb sunny. Sound about right?

    Of course the big assumption here is I won't burn out my sensor...
  2. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Even a 90% eclipse will still be too strong a light to photograph unless you have a proper solar filter for your lenses. Unless you know what you are doing, you risk destroying the sensor and possibly your eyesight. Have a google for photographing an eclipse, but I'd just plan on enjoying the experience.
  3. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Create a pinhole camera box and shoot the image that it forms. Alternately, I stood under a tall tree that let little spots of light leak through between the leaves, and was able to view thousands of crescent images form on the ground during a partial eclipse twenty years ago in Arizona. I just wish I'd taken a picture of that as it was pretty spectacular thing to see.
  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Real Name:
    Partial solar eclipse in North America this Thursday 2014-10-23:

    Times shown on the animated GIF are GMT/UTC.

    DIY solar filter:

    There's a warning in the comments that some CDs are too thin. Don't try this with an optical viewfinder or a bare lens! EVFs and LCDs are safe.

    Probably a bad idea to try any of this with a telephoto lens, especially wide open!

    Welder's glass filtering (10-12 stops aka ND1024 - ND4096):


  5. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Real Name:
    B&H have a 9-stop ND filter, Hoya model NDx400. (9stops should be ND512, I think).

    Amazon has a solar filter, model ND100000, although that may be an exaggeration.