I was Over the Moon with my Eclipse photo’s.
It was all set to start at on March 20th 2015 and come through the UK around 8:40 (depending on where you live)
So I thought I would take the day off work and travel up to Dunstable Downs (after dropping my daughter of at school) and see if I could get a good shot of this really rare event. Given the weather had been pea soup everyday up to Friday. I was less than confident I would get a clear shot. But despite this I was there around 8:30 and at that point I was having to use an App on my Android phone to figure our where the sun actually was. The sky was simply grey in every direction.
I found a great spot, un-crowded and with a nice 360 degree view. I knew where the sun should be, but as we go closer the start time the sky was getting brighter, when it was supposed to be getting darker – what with the Sun be covered and all. As it turns out this was a great sign, as it meant the clouds were getting thinner. So I was stood there with my kit, pointing at the grey sky, thinking I might be able to capture something on a long exposure – well no such luck.
Around 9:10 I know we were supposed to be at maximum eclipse. I think around 86% – and I was about to pack up and go and watch it from the live BBC coverage.
I waited a bit longer and the cloud got thin enough to just about make out a small crescent of light. It looked like a light grey smile on a grey background.
As the peak of the Eclipse passed and we went into the lighter stages, the skies cleared enough to get a few pictures and get a few really dramatic shots of the sky
I was actually pleased that we had some cloud cover, as it made the image much more interesting and meant that I didn’t need to use any specialist filters
I finally captured a shot of the sun back to full strength, but still burning through the clouds
It was a great experience to shoot, and one that really help to remind us we live on a very large spinning rock – very humbling – and truly amazing