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Bite the Sun

Bite the Sun
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, B&W ND3
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-01 2:44
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Northern Ireland 1st Aug 2008 10.16am

Skywatchers around the globe are gazing heavenwards in the hope of seeing a total eclipse of the Sun. A dark shadow is due to sweep across the surface planet in a broad arc as the Moon passes directly between the Earth and our star.

The eclipse begins in Canada's high Arctic and ends in northern China. Russia will see the longest eclipse, for two minutes, 27 seconds, from 1021 GMT - but the UK will only see a partial eclipse, around 1016 GMT.

Canon 100-400L
Exposure Time: 1/15 sec
F-Stop: f/9
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 400/1

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-01 3:09]

Hi Stephen, we were in Ireland on August 11, 1999 and saw part of an eclipse at Spiddal, Galway Bay. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day, but we did see it through the clouds. It was a full eclipse in Cornwall that day.
This is a sharp image - no clouds spoiling your view here,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-08-01 3:47]

Good work!
Here in Moscow today we saww almost the same picture

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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 5:02]

Very good eclipse photo Stephen.
Sun is very well exposed, composition and colors are lovely.
Bravo ,

Nice Stephen...I just knew someone wold try this...I'll bet others will post as well..but this is first..there is a sort of mist, haze or clouds like appearance. this gives your shot it's own personality instead of straight on clear...and interesting and more than likely unplanned perspective...BTW I haev the magazine with your image posted. Mike sent me a copy a couple months ago. Nice job!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-08-01 6:46]
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Bonjour Stephen, your are lucky!! well caught!! I like the cloudy sky on the left! Best regards, Didier.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-01 11:00]

Hello Steven!

Sure, I expected this shot from you my friend! Great day for every astro-fan and great weather to observe this event. Great photo, I like grim mood of your it. Well composed with lots of space on left side filled by clouds. I hope we'll send our next pictures of similiar event in 2011 :-)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-01 12:38]

Hi Stephen,

We didn't get to see the eclipse in the western US but now I feel like I did see it after viewing your picture. This is just perfect - not a cloud in the sky and a beautiful sight. You captured the eclipse perfectly.


Hello Stephen,

A technically excellent image of the partial eclipse, elevated to higher level by the clouds, a really wonderful image.


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