3:14 pm, Before it started
I was blessed to be able to view the solar eclipse this afternoon. I was pretty anxious, because it was cloudy here, with intermittent rain. It cleared up enough that there was a glowing ball in the sky to find!
I purchased a special solar filter for my telephoto lens, as well as some eclipse viewing glasses.
I unfortunately had to work, but I set my tripod up in my boss' office, pointed at the sun, and came along every few minutes to take another shot and realign the camera to the sun.
It was cloudy enough at first that I really couldn't focus the lens well at all (manually) so I was a bit bummed, but it eventually cleared up a tad so I could get a clearer image.
As I said, I had to compensate for the movement of the earth, and pretty soon, the sun's location was out of view from the window. So, what do I do? Well, put the tripod and camera on the roof of course! Boy that sounds extreme. Easy access from a window meant a good spot that the camera would be free from theft, but also have a better view.
It was only a partial eclipse for us in Alaska, not a full one, so the sun was never completely covered. Others in different locations in Alaska reported a darkening during the eclipse, but our cloud cover didn't show me much difference for the duration.
It was fun to watch it with my boss and coworker, as I had extra glasses to share. It definitely wasn't noticeable unless you were looking for it.
I'm so glad I was able to experience a solar eclipse!
After my shift ended, I packed up my gear and raced home.
I handed C a pair of the glasses and we stood watching the end of the eclipse together.
6:00 pm The end!
It was wonderful! I can't wait to see another!