Total Solar Eclipse Gerald Missouri
Here’s a real pro tip, never show up for a shoot doing something you have never done before. Oh, I wished I had listened to that advice 🙂
I decided to break out the 150-600mm Sigma Art lens with a 1.4x converter for this occasion (I forgot my nice Canon 300mm with a doubler).
While it’s a fantastic lens it is HEAVY! The ball head on my tracker kept slipping since I was aiming nearly straight up and instead of being smart and just swapping that out I switched to a standard tripod without tracking and used its heavier ball head since the eclipse was about to begin.
I reset the center point of the tripod multiple times and as we entered totality the intervalometer decided to lock up once I removed the solar filter.
Not sure what happened but had to turn the camera off, disconnect the intervalometer and then manual press shoot. I manually increased the ISO up and down to get the brighter and darker pics then plugged back in the intervalometer with the light from my cellphone and shot more. So I missed most of the eclipse visually but at least didn’t have an epic fail, just a fail.
The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions. Rho Ophiuchi itself is a binary star system visible in the light-colored region on the image right. The star system, located only 400 light years away, is distinguished by itscolorful surroundings, which include a red emission nebula and numerous light and dark brown dust lanes. Near the upper right of the Rho Ophiuchi molecular cloud system is the yellow star Antares, while a distant but coincidently-superposed globular cluster of stars, M4, is visible between Antares and the red emission nebula.
Just to show I can, on occasion do some deeper space images as well, here’s a bit of Sagittarius with a starring role for the Lagoon Nebula (M8) and the Trifid Nebula (M20).
Captured with a Zeiss 135m f2 APO lens and focused to perfection with the Reveal focus filter available right here!
Here’s the front side of Grosvenors Arch. I’m going to include a link to a 1/3 sized image so you can cruise around in it. Please like the page and comment especially if you see something that needs correcting. Here’s the link. 1/3 resolution of Grosvenor’s Arch
Take the time to load the big image full and then click on the milky way to see some crazy detail.
OK here’s a rendition of the horsehead Nebula that I really like. Its really deep and wish everyone could see it at full size. Let me know what you think in the comments and If you haven’t already bookmarked this site, do so now for more images like these.
Only 3 weeks to new Milky Way images! Stoked!