Seeing Spots

Today’s post features an image I captured yesterday while conducting some solar exposure tests, for the upcoming April 08 total solar eclipse. I have been working a lot on preparing for this upcoming astronomical event … and this will be the last total solar eclipse to hit the continental United States for 20 years!

Setting my photo equipment up to determine proper exposures with solar filters (approved solar filters MUST be used to protect your eyes and your photographic equipment), I captured a lot of images. Upon editing the images, many solar sunspots were observed on the sun’s surface. Here is one of the photos, enlarged to show the sun’s surface:

Sun, with sunspots on the solar surface

I have a lot of work to be done yet, to assure I can capture images of this total solar eclipse. I will be traveling to Texas to photograph this event, followed up with a short road trip to capture some of Texas’ amazing bluebonnet wildflowers in bloom. Preparing for this trip will likely mean I will not be posting as often over the next 3 weeks, but looking forward to sharing some eclipse and wildflower images when I return home!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens, equipped with approved solar filter
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.
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