Sunspot, Baby

Ah, yeh … a familiar old tune from Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band. That’s what I was reminded of as I cleaned and checked out my camera equipment on Saturday afternoon, preparing for the big total eclipse today. A while back, I purchased some solar filter sheets and fabricated my own filter holders for two of my lenses. I needed to get out and check the exposure of the sun with the filters attached to my lenses. Photographing the sun and playing with the exposure, I noticed there were some sunspots on the sun, so thought that would make a nice blog post for today. Here is one of the images I captured of the sun:

Sunspots on the Sun

Our Missouri weather is still a bit “iffy” as to cloud cover. But the latest weather forecasts are looking a bit better. Although some high, thin clouds are expected around the eclipse time, the meteorologists are forecasting that breaks in the clouds are likely. Keeping my fingers crossed and praying for some breaks, especially during totality. And hoping to see these sunspots on “E-Day”! At least travel is not an issue for me … being so close to the path of totality, no real “travel” required.  :o)   Check back in a couple of days to see if I was able to capture some images!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 2x TC (image cropped a bit further in post processing)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/500 sec.



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