The 2017 North American Total Eclipse of the
Sun, as seen from Jay Em, Wyoming
Taken with Canon 7D Mark II and a Canon 500 f4 lens, ISO 200, f8, various shutter speeds.
Tracking with Losmandy G11.
The total solar eclipse was the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. Skies were perfectly clear, hardly any wind, my equipment performed flawlessly, although I almost forgot to start shooting when totality hit. All I had to do was push a shutter button on the cable release and turn a wheel for different shutter speeds, so I had plenty of time to just look. I used auto bracketing, set for 1 stop of light over and under the set exposure and it worked out well. Two minutes and 30 seconds went pretty fast! I was pretty amazed to see what I got. Now if I can figure out how to stack layers and keep only the good parts of the images I have, I should have a really good image of the corona out to several solar widths.
My favorite so far, a giant solar prominence and some smaller ones on the limb of the sun.
The corona of the Sun. It consists of superheated plasma, much hotter than the surface of the sun. The corona extends millions of miles out from the sun, creating solar winds. Sometimes a coronal mass ejection occurs, sending huge amounts of plasma outward. If it is directed at Earth, it will create geomagnetic storms, auroras and if strong enough, can create havoc on the electrical grid.
This is an HDR using Images Plus. Not too pleased with it yet, but I'm still working on it.
The ditches along the highway near Jay Em were full everywhere where it wasn't too steep to pull off. I was in the pasture on the left, private property.