Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.
Guess what? I was in New York City during the Solar Eclipse so I was unable to experience a total solar eclipse, however, I was able to see a galactic phenomenon for the first time in my life. However, I can't say I was prepared at all. Seriously!!
I was not prepared to safely view the looming eclipse. All I had was my wit, desire and Sony a6500 haha. While on my commute to work, I thought of the articles I read in regards to lenses and which of them would be best to use during an eclipse. The lens I had, which only reach 16-70mm was not enough to capture an amazing shot of the eclipse.
Well, to my advantage, Sony Square is located at the Sony building. Sony Square has a loaner program where you can rent out a lens for a specified amount of time. Guess what I did?? Hell to the yeaaaaaaaaa ... I rented a 200mm lens at a constant f/4.
Fast-forward to the wild anticipation of the eclipse and you could have spotted me on Sony's rooftop with my tripod and camera facing the sun. I lacked a solar filter, but luckily, I was able to use Sony's Digital Filter application within the camera. Did my sensor get messed up? Not at all. Did I get lucky? I really have no idea but I'm not going to question it.
The eclipse I witness was only a partial eclipse but I can now understand why people take the time to chase the phenomenon. It's sooooooo cool.
I can understand if you feel that the solar eclipse wasn't all that spectacular here in NYC but I was in awe by just admiring the live footage that was displayed on YouTube by NASA. Shooting Stars are cool and all, but that happens all of the time. A solar eclipse is a very, very rare experience.
Even so, nothing beats a crazy lightning storm. Those are much cooler in my opinion. I'm from Earth so I'm pretty biased. Even so, I hope that you enjoyed the solar eclipse craze. I sure did!!
Let me know how you felt when you witnessed the phenomenon. I'll drop two of my photos here!!
Until next time my Julipeep!