May 20, 2012 we had an annular eclipse. That is where the moon passes in front of the sun, but is not big enough to eclipse the whole sun, so the result is what they call a ring of fire.
I was at work at the time, and didn’t have any special viewing filters with me. I really wanted to get some shots of this event, so I decided to try something unorthodox.
My polarizing filter was in my camera bag, but that wasn’t near enough of a filter to shoot directly into the sun…so I grabbed a white paper towel and pulled that tight over the polarizing filter and thought I’d try my luck…
Well…I didn’t get any spectacular shots… but you can see the eclipse.
San Diego wasn’t the prime location for the full effect, but a nice crescent shape can still be seen.
Once the sun set a little into the marine layer and into some clouds, I was able to shoot without the paper towel, and I’m happy I was able to get those before the event was over.
I didn’t know if the shots through the paper towel would turn out or not, but when I got home and looked at the close ups, it looked like some came through.
Again, I know these aren’t anything spectacular, and if you have internet access, you’ve probably seen hundreds better than these, but I thought I’d share my view of this pretty rare event.
Hope you enjoy!