Photographing the Solar Eclipse at Sunset

Partial Solar Eclipse on the evening of May 20, 2012

On the evening of May 20, some of us were lucky enough to see at least a partial solar eclipse, even if the sun set before the eclipse reached its maximum. The skies had mostly cleared after the afternoon’s thunderstorm had cleaned the air of dust, leaving only a thin and wispy cirrus cloud layer, which yielded a brighter than usual sunset. The trick here was to try to capture both the eclipse as well as the sky and foreground, but such feats are yet beyond me! Below is what I was able to do with the scene and lighting I had available to me.

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