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Darkness Fall
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-01
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heavens Above, eclipses [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-01 10:56
Viewed: 4509
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maybe not exactly as title states :-)

Today was great day for every astronomy fan! Partial eclipse of the Sun. In Lodz Sun was covered only in about 32% but it was remarkable moment. I used old photo technique to take this serie - my Canon S2IS and old floppy diskette as primitive filter. It worked during eclipse in 2005, it worked also today. Enjoy this great event!

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is wholly or partially obscured. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. At least two and up to five solar eclipses occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses[citation needed]. Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.

A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one. The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse. The last solar eclipse occurred on August 1, 2008, and was a total eclipse.

In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-01 11:02]

Hi Greg, This is so bright i can feel the heat. Six fantastic picture showing the event as it happend.It was very dull in southern England and i could see nothing so thanks for showing us this shot . well done TFS. interesting notes too.

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Grzegorz,

I knew someone would photograph it!
It was too cloudy here in N.W. England!

Well done! A great series of shots recording a very dramatic event!

Interesting notes.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Very nice shots Greg, Very interesting notes. TFS

Witaj Grzegorz
Widzialam dzisiaj jedna z tych dolnych Twoich faz w naturze. Ty to uchwyciles super, encyklopedycznie. Chce sie rzec: "jak to jest zrobione?".
Pozdrawiam, Lucja

What a neat trick!! Back in the day we used to use 3 pieces of Kodak film which had been overexposed for the purpose but that would never have covered a lens today...I was working with a small lens...I suppose one could use a 4x5 piece but that would be pricey..Your neat invention worked super well and you surely have a neat panel montage...Great recording of the moments!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-08-01 16:14]

Hi dear Greg,
Very nice presentation of the partial eclipse. Well exposed.
All the best,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-01 16:15]

Hi Red,

No eclipse here so I'm really happy to see your shot. A wonderful presentation of the six different views. You did a great job. Now I know what to do with my old floppies!


In India too, we had a partial solar eclipse yesterday, Greg. The sky was cloudy around here (is's monsoon season) and sighting was erratic.
Your set of pictures gives a good idea about this occurance seen from your country.
Thanks for it.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-02 0:40]

Hello Greg,
Indeed the eclipse of the sun is well worth recording and using an old floppy disc is a great way of doing it. This montage of six stages of the eclipse is great and a fine contribution to TN!
Thanks for sharing this rare sequence.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-08-02 0:57]

salut Grzegorz
bon sujet d'actualité, la nature est vraiment belle. Superbe série, l'exposition difficile est bien gérée.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-02 1:22]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Tym razem w naturze nie widzialem u nas nie bylo widoczne ,dlatego sie ciesze ,ze Ty dla nas to czesciowe zacmienie prezentujesz.
Bardzo dobrze wszystkie fazy pokazane.
Dzieki i pozdrawiam

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-02 2:01]

Hello Greg, Excellent. You managed to shoot this brilliantly and thanks for sharing this beauty for us. All the hard work is resulted in brilliant shot. Ganesh

Hi Greg

Great results and the montage is wonderful.
Excellent composition of the sun being eaten!
Well done TFS


Hi Greg, glad to see you are still looking to the heavens for such things. Glad to see you have held onto the floppy :) Yes no doult in 2011 we will be at it again. Actually I would love to witness a total eclipse next time, wouldnt it be great if there was a TN meet at such a special event.

Best Regards

Hello Grzegorz
I read that is dangerous for a camera to shoot against tha sun, and when i saw your pictures i was wandering what you did to take this picture.Very good method, and also the results. Probably in romania was clody or (...how knows)because i didn't hear enything about this solar eclipse. So, TFS

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