Solar eclipses do not occur very often over the UK, so I wanted to capture the moment from somewhere with a great view over the Gloucestershire landscape. The sun rises in the east, so to capture great images I needed a hill facing the west. Chosen Hill in Churchdown is a location I use for family portraits with a great view, so was a logical choice. There were a number of photographers and spectators by St. Bartholomew’s Church with viewing equipment ranging from card with a pinhole, to sophisticated cameras with large telephoto lenses.
It’s not advisable to photograph the sun directly without special equipment, but I happen to have the right tool for the job. There’s a special filter called a Big Stopper which holds back 99.9% of the light which I use to create special effects with long 30 second exposures in broad daylight. It was perfect to protect the camera sensor and allow a good view of the moon moving over the face of the sun and is why some of the images below look so dark.
It was a great experience, thought it didn’t get quite as dark as I had expected. That’s the amazing things about human eyes, which are wonderfully adaptable and can work well from bright light to twilight. How was your eclipse experience?