Although I am not too much into astro photography, I certainly wanted to watch the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, and to take some photos. It wasn’t a total eclipse in our area; we live in Southern California. The last Solar Eclipse I watched was a total one, and I was lucky enough to experience it in my birth country, Hungary, in 1999.

I spent a relatively short time preparing for today’s event. I purchased a solar filter sheet and made a homemade filter for my lens yesterday morning. Then I practiced for about an hour to take pictures of the Sun with the filter on. I had to find the right focusing spot, as well as settings that I could start out with today.

My equipment: Nikon d750 dslr, Nikon 28-300mm lens (set at 100mm), CamRanger (to connect my iPhone with the camera), and the filter. (The CamRanger was not necessary, but made the process easier.) I took all the images at 100mm, because I wanted to be able to record the whole eclipse and not move the camera too many times.

Solar Eclipse photography
Solar Eclipse photography with CamRanger


CamRanger help with Solar Eclipse photography

Although at the beginning of the eclipse I had to change settings often due to the changing light conditions, I took most of the pictures with the settings visible above.

To bring the different stages of the Solar Eclipse together into one image I used Photoshop (21 layers). I’ve decided not to include the second half of the eclipse in this image, because the Sun would have been too small.


The peak of the Solar Eclipse in Irvine, CA

It was certainly a great morning, and it was awesome to get to know some of my neighbors who were also interested in this rare event.