The northern hemisphere is about to eclipse. A rare celestial event in which the New Moon moves precisely between the Earth and the Sun. What happened on June 10, 2021 will look very different depending on your location on Earth. from some places A solar eclipse looks like a ‘ring of fire’ around the sun with an annular solar eclipse. Although most of North America, the Arctic, Europe and Russia will see partial solar eclipses.
What will you see from where you are? What do you have to think about when you want to take pictures? And how can you stay safe while trying to visualize the sun? Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse…
• see how to photograph the moon
Where is the eclipse and when?
visit Timeanddate.com to find out what you can see from your location. and local time. Technically, what happened on June 10, 2021 was an annular solar eclipse. (not an annual solar eclipse which is often erroneously reported). which an observer standing under a 430-mile-wide corridor on the Earth’s surface will see
For a maximum of 3 minutes 51 seconds, the photographer in the remote northern regions of Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut, eastern Greenland. and over the North Pole to Eastern Russia to photograph the “Ring of Fire” around the moon as 89% of our stars are blocked by our natural satellites.
For anyone on either side of that path The event will be a partial solar eclipse. which is the point where the moon appears to bite the sun Your distance from that route through Canada, Greenland and Russia determines how much the sun will be obscured by the moon. and at any time of day in the northeastern states of the United States and eastern canada A gigantic partial solar eclipse will occur at sunrise. While in the UK and Europe a much smaller partial eclipse will occur in the early morning hours.
by any means this is a big event North America hasn’t seen any eclipses since 2017, while Europe hasn’t experienced one since 2015. It’s also a potentially dangerous event. Especially for those persuasive cameras.
Why do you need a solar filter for your camera?
The sun’s infrared and ultraviolet rays are extremely dangerous. On June 10, there is no way the sun’s light will be blocked close enough for observers to view the event with unprotected eyes or equipment. solar eclipse glasses to watch this event and put a solar filter in front of the telescope. binoculars or any camera lens Do not look through the camera’s optical viewfinder. Use the LCD monitor.
solar filters from SeymourSolar, Thousand Oaks Optical and Baader Includes the option to purchase solar film so you can build your own filters. Traditional filter manufacturers such as LEE, Marumi, Hitech, and Hoya also make special neutral density filters that are dark enough to be used as a solar eclipse filter.
Where, when and how do you plan to photograph a solar eclipse?
Travel restrictions within Canada Let alone Canada and other countries, it prevents eclipse chasers and photographers from nearly trying to catch them. ‘Ring of Fire’ on June 10, 2021. However, positioning is everything you see from this eclipse. North Americans will have to find a place where they can see the northeastern horizon at sunrise. While Europeans will see a much less obscured sun that is much higher in the sky. You can calculate precisely what, when and where you will see in the daytime sky using an eclipse calculator that only needs your location For a more global understanding of what’s going on (And with a handy link to PeakFinder so you can check your horizons.) Consult Interactive Google Map of this eclipse Photographer’s Ephemeris or PhotoPills It can help you plan your shots in beautiful detail.
Canadian astronomer Alan Dyer said: “The challenge everywhere in northwestern Ontario is all the rocks and trees. So finding a place with a low, clear horizon to the northeast is difficult,” said Canadian astronomer Alan Dyer. night view“Choose the site best and arrive a few days before the eclipse to check for yourself. Plan a backup site in case the Plan A site is unavailable for some reason.” Suggestions are available wherever you plan to shoot. Although Europeans may be able to do backyard gardening. (clear sky)
How to photograph a partial solar eclipse
get a solar filter if not then This project is a non-starter project.The exact type you get will determine the color of the sun in your image. blue or yellow-orange It will also be helpful to find the longest telephoto lens you can find. 300mm is enough, but 600mm is better (see Best 150-600mm Lenses).
The 1.4x amplifier will increase the focal length. (See best teleconverter replacements) but sharpness may be required. Set the aperture to between f/5.6 and f/8. When using the camera and a long lens on a tripod, use the LCD monitor in ‘live view’ to find the obscuring sun and autofocus on the edge of the moon.
Put your camera in manual mode to lock that focus, set ISO 100 and try a shutter speed between 1/500 s and 1/1000 s (consider bracketing either side of 1/500 s). some basics But you’ll need to experiment – preferably first – to learn what works for your camera and sky conditions. Always shoot in raw format, and use the shutter release or distance to keep the whole device steady.
How to photograph a solar eclipse from North America
Whether you are in the right place for ‘Ring of Fire’ or just partially obscured by the sun. Everyone in North America will have a challenging time. “If you’re photographing a solar eclipse at sunrise, The first requirement is an area with a flat and unobstructed horizon to the northeast. Maybe there is a nice foreground if you are into unique photographs,” says Dyer. He recommends exploring the area the morning before the eclipse to test shots with the equipment you plan to use. This is because the light in the morning before the eclipse will not differ much from the day of the eclipse if the weather conditions are the same.
Even for those who are well prepared This eclipse was also difficult. “Solar eclipses are challenging. Not only because there was a chance of clouds or haze. But because the sun might be too bright to take a good photo without a filter. But it will be too dark to shoot with a normal solar filter,” he added. Solar filters are essential at every stage of the eclipse when the sun rises high enough to have normal brightness. and that includes “Ring of Fire”
How to photograph a solar eclipse from the UK
Things in Europe require every photographer to have a solar filter no matter the weather. In London, the maximum eclipse is 11:13 BST on June 10, 2021, when the sun is 20. % is eclipsed. In Cardiff 22% at 11:08, in Edinburgh 31% at 11:17 and in Belfast 30% at 11:11, it happens at an altitude of 50º-55°, so more than half. way in the daytime sky southeast There is no need to find a low horizon.
future solar eclipse
If the weather is not favorable or prove to be too technical There will always be a solar eclipse. In North America that happens again on October 14, 2023, when another “ring of fire” crosses the southwestern United States. Better yet, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will explode across North America. for Europeans The next partial solar eclipse will occur on October 25, 2022 and March 29, 2025.
Jamie Carter is the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com