Sunshine, On A Cloudy Day

As most of you know on August, 21, 2017, we had a solar eclipse. We were all warned “DON’T STARE INTO THE LIGHT WITHOUT PROTECTION!” and to use the special “ISO 12312-2:2015 Safety Glasses” for viewer safety. Most people headed the warning and had an enjoyable time, some people who weren’t able to get the glasses made a special trips to the emergency room after putting sunscreen in their eyes (Side note: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet). We were also warned not take pictures of the sun because it could burn your camera sensor…but what if you could protect your camera as well?

Here in Illinois, August 21st was a rather cloudy day. As a matter of fact, many people complained they couldn’t see the eclipse well because of it. However, I saw this as an opportunity. I grabbed every filter I owned for my Cannon Rebel T3 and began screwing them onto the end of the lens. I set the camera on a tripod, aimed skyward and began snapping trying every setting I had offered. The results were, well, let’s just say things weren’t looking too good initially:

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But I didn’t give up. I kept taking pictures for probably 30 minutes, just experimenting with different settings to see if I could get something..ANYTHING that resembled what I was seeing through these cheep throwaway sunglasses. As the moon passed and the rays of the sun were becoming too bright, I decided to go inside to see if I could salvage anything..and then I noticed something. With a little editing, one of these overexposed pictures  actually captured what our eyes were seeing of the eclipse!

 

 

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I found a second picture that stood out from the rest. Honestly, neither of these looked like much until you lowered the light setting in the edit mode of Windows Photo Editor. However with a little help from free online photo editors like www.Picmonkey.com, these two turned into photographs worth framing for the wall.

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If you’ve read this far, your probably wondering: What do these pictures have to do with Walt Disney World? Honestly? Nothing, but the moral of the article does: Persistance, Time & Patience. 

I took over 20 pictures during the short time of the eclipse and had two that I felt after a little time and editing were worth posting. I take thousands of pictures on my vacations to Walt Disney World to sort and post here in this blog. Every once in a while, with persistence, time and patience, I find that Diamond in the Rough:

 

 

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