Friday Fun: Some Solar Eclipse photos clicked by me!

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Lets move away a bit from our regular business articles. If you are not aware, I am also an amateur photographer. Have been dabbling with it on & off over last couple of years.

Here are some Solar Eclipse photos that I clicked from the Home Terrace. In Pune we could only view partial Solar Eclipse.

Solar-Eclipse-Pune Solar-Eclipse-Pune-1 Solar-Eclipse-Pune-2 Solar-Eclipse-Pune-3

It was actually quite difficult to click these, as the light was still too bright for photos to come out good.

This was one of the longest Solar Eclipse you will witness. This kind of Solar eclipse last happened some 750 years ago and will happen after 1000 years !

Hope you enjoyed the images. If any of trak.in readers have also clicked Solar Eclipse photos, do share with us in comments !

  1. Rohan says

    Here is the clip:
    http://www.4shared.com/file/197726339/b6ff8cc/Solar_eclipse_15012010.html

    Tried uploading in youtube, but does not work.

    The quality is not that good because I was using a 2 MP phone cam. The black film used to see through is a “Chest x-ray” of some patient :-P

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Thanks Rohan for sharing the film. Actually x-ray is really a good way of seeing Solar eclipse…never tried doing that. It must be quite clear for naked eye to see thru x-ray..

  2. Nikhil Nigade says

    @Rohan : Please share the clip if you dont mind :) We all would love to see it.

    @Arun (Author) : Nice captures. What film did you use to take the shots?

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      I have not used any films…I took it with my Nikon D50 Digital SLR camera and Nikkor 70 – 300mm lens.
      You know it right…we met at the Photo walk event right?

      1. Shrikant says

        You didn’t use any filters? I believe that’s risky…

        I dunno much about photography, but when I was studying for my Astronomy course, they told me to ALWAYS use a solar filter. Although I suspect that may have been because they used cameras with film & not the digital ones, I am still not sure how good the inherent filters are in a digital camera.

        Was surfing the net simultaneously & found these links:
        http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality/TotalityCh12-1.html
        …especially:
        http://www.mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html

        I think I sound like an insufferable, “Mr.-This-is-the-way-to-do-it” idiot. Sincere apologies if I said too much! :(

        Cheers!

        1. Arun Prabhudesai says

          Shrikant,

          I have UV filter attached to my camera…And what you said is true if you are going to do it at a leisure pace and for a very long time.

          I had kept a very high aperature at 1/32 and negative bias so as it is the light was very coming inside the camera.
          Dont worry, my eyes as well as the camera are in perfect conditions. It is okay to bend the rules a bit in one off case…

          Imagine buying a Solar filter for something that I will use for 15 mins in my lifetime…not worth it :)

          Thanks for the links though, they make an interesting reading

      2. Nikhil Nigade says

        Yep… we met there…. I must say then…if no films… amazing shot :D

        But by films i ment filter films… :)

  3. Shrikant says

    @Vishal: Actually, the information is half-baked, but true.

    This kind of an Annular eclipse last happened in India in 1965 & an eclipse longer than this will be witnessed again only in another thousand years in 3043 A.D. – to be precise. :)

    Here’s a few more details about the eclipse:
    http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar-eclipse-january-15-2010.html

    ..and the ever-referenced WikiPedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_January_15,_2010

    Cheers!

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Hey Shrikant, thanks for your comment… Like I mentioned earlier, I put it across based on hearsay…thanks for sharing references with us…

  4. Rohan says

    Me too saw it. I am a doc, and we used X-ray films of patients to see through. I could also recod a small 5 sec clip inspite of bright light. :D

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Would you mind sharing it with us ROhan..

  5. Vishal Sanjay says

    The 750 years and 1000 years story is a total myth, you see at that time there wasn’t any record of the number of solar eclipses or solar eclipses, all this has come up only due to the recent upcoming of religious programs. Even many African countries have beliefs about solar eclipses, but they don’t find anything inauspicious or unlucky like we do. Hope India’s youth won’t fall for such things.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Vishal,

      I might be wrong, I heard this information on News channels and hence put it across. However, the important aspect is the length of this Solar Eclipse. This one of the longest Solar Eclipse witnessed, I am sure about that.

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