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Old 14th January 2010, 16:21   #16
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Anyone knows for sure whether we will get to see the totality at least for 1 or two minutes in Trivandrum, Kerala? I've read somewhere that we will only be able to see 91% or it.

In this case, which direction I should drive to see the total eclipse?


http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogl...5Agoogle2.html

As per the interactive map provided by NASA, the totality passes through Trivandrum, but it won't be 10 minutes.

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Guys, need your help. Since this will be a chance in a lifetime opportunity, I want to take pictures of the eclipse and also view it. In the olden days, we used to use smoked glasses to view the eclipse. Is this safe? (EDIT - just read that smoked glasses and the like are a strict no, no!) Or are there "readymade" glasses available? And where can I get them? Need some help.

Also, I have a DSLR, tripod and the kit lens - 18 - 55 mm. Please advise on the best way to take pics of the eclipse.
I saw special gogles to view the eclipse for sale in Sapna Book Store for 25 bucks a piece. Didn't pick up cause, (a) it looked very cheap quality and (b) it said not to be used in case of any eye problems and I have an eye infection . There goes my chance of viewing the eclipse.

Btw, what are the safe techniques to be followed to photograph an eclipse?
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Do not look at the sun through the camera, simple point camera quickly, and shoot. If you keep camera pointed at sun for long, it can actually burn the lens(focusing of sunlight).
Before shooting here is what you can do
1. Select lowest ISO
2. Select fastest shutter speed(eg 1/8000)
3. Prefocus to a far away object
4. Set aperture to F9 or so
5. If you have a IR or X-Ray filter use it, otherwise a simple ND filter may also do. But best to get an xyay film and put it in front of cam.

I have IR filter-> Here are my eclipse pics
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/1395423-post33.html
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1. Select lowest ISO
2. Select fastest shutter speed(eg 1/8000)
3. Prefocus to a far away object
4. Set aperture to F9 or so
5. If you have a IR or X-Ray filter use it, otherwise a simple ND filter may also do. But best to get an xyay film and put it in front of cam.

I have IR filter-> Here are my eclipse pics
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/1395423-post33.html

Hey TSk , u sure about this right? cos im gonna try out this time from BLR with 70-300 lens and im in no mood to invest in any filter for an eclipse.

BTW nice snaps..

EDIT : ok just got a thought about this. Im not planning a wide angle shot for this. If i use the 300th end of my lens then i will have to see the the focus etc. Will it be a problem if i look through the screen and not the view finder ?
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Do this, set your 70-300 to F11, use ISO 100 (or lover). Set shutter speed to 1/4000. After this focus on a distant tree, and shift to manual focus. then point at sun and click, and then move away camera. If you keep camera pointed at sun for long, it can burn shutter curtain
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Anachronix --- I'm not going. I have a reservation at Blue Coral Cottage. I even paid 800/- as advance, but I'm set to lose that because of certain issues.
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Do not look at the sun through the camera, simple point camera quickly, and shoot. If you keep camera pointed at sun for long, it can actually burn the lens(focusing of sunlight).
Before shooting here is what you can do
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Do this, set your 70-300 to F11, use ISO 100 (or lover). Set shutter speed to 1/4000. After this focus on a distant tree, and shift to manual focus. then point at sun and click, and then move away camera. If you keep camera pointed at sun for long, it can burn shutter curtain
Thanks for the tips Tanveer. Tomorrow we'll be shooting the eclipse at Trivandrum. Got some X-Ray films - hope those can be safely used.
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Thanks for the tips tsk1979 - appreciate it. Will update with pics if I manage to get some good pics.
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In Delhi it is going to be 53%. The sun has come out. Clear sky. Eclipse starts at 11:53 am, and ends at 3:10 pm. Will be on the roof...

My July 22, '09 eclipse pictures:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/1395594-post37.html

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post1395633 (Eclipse of the century on July 22nd)

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Expecting to see some really good pics from our members!
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Great tips TSK. Tried to shoot the sun just now with an xray film and the settings you mentioned. Came out surprisingly well.

When it comes to conveying something specific, I am a BIG fan of short bulleted points instead of essays. Thanks.
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I have bought a WELPROTEX 11 A1 DIN Welding glass (Made in Germany) to view and take pics of the eclipse. Though it can't be used to view the sun for long, viewing for some seconds and clicking pics should be fine with that. A shade #14 would have been the best though sun would appear darker in that.

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I've a 13 & 14 DIN glass. Gives a green tint...

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I have bought a WELPROTEX 11 A1 DIN Welding glass (Made in Germany) to view and take pics of the eclipse. Though it can't be used to view the sun for long, viewing for some seconds and clicking pics should be fine with that. A shade #14 would have been the best though sun would appear darker in that.
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@gd1418: Mine gives a green tint too. Going to shoot in RAW to adjust the WB and all later during PP. Just going out now to setup my gear. I've got

1) Tripod
2) Camera with a 18-70mm and 70-210mm
3) UV Filter
4) Welding glass

Hope that's enough.
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Seems enough. Same setup here too Clevermax. Going to the terrace to set up my gear as well.

1) Tripod
2) D300 with a 18-135mm and 70-300mm
3) UV Filter
4) Welding glass

I don't PP at all. Only do cropping. I shoot in manual, Fine JPG at 6MP



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@gd1418: Mine gives a green tint too. Going to shoot in RAW to adjust the WB and all later during PP. Just going out now to setup my gear. I've got

1) Tripod
2) Camera with a 18-70mm and 70-210mm
3) UV Filter
4) Welding glass

Hope that's enough.

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