Annular celipse from La Mesa, California

Annular solar eclipse from La Mesa, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

My experience in taking pictures of annular eclipses of the sun totals exactly seven pictures. All taken from 6:32 p.m. to 6:39 p.m. Pacific time this evening. Four were thrown away. Here are the other three:

 Annular celipse from La Mesa, California

 

Annular celipse from La Mesa, California

 

Annular celipse from La Mesa, California

 

We were at the edge of the eclipse path, which gave us an 85% coverage of the sun. I think it looks like the moon. I’m more in love with the star patterns.

These were taken using the Live View function on my Canon 550D and a Tamron 38-300 mm lens, 38mm for the first picture, then 200 mm, and finally 300 mm.

 

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19 thoughts on “Annular solar eclipse from La Mesa, California

  1. Barbara

    Nice eclipse pictures! I built a pinhole camera and was able to see it at the UTC area. I went up to Mt. Soledad afterwards but unfortunately when I got there, it was around 7pm and the clouds were covering the sun so I wasn’t able to get any pictures!

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  2. Melanie B.

    I noticed that you said you used a Tamron lens. Do you like it? I want to get a 55-200 lens and the more affordable one is the Tamron – it is half the price of the Canon one. Great pictures!!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      At this point I’m not the greatest fan of Tamron. I’d like to be but my first lens of theirs, a 55-300, broke after about a year. The cost to fix it was more than the cost of the new 38-300, so I bought the new one. It broke after about eight months. It was still under warranty and Tamron repaired it at no cost, so I’ll give them that credit. However, the lens is not the same lens that I remember using those first eight months. It has a lot of chromatic aberration and fringing. Fortunately, that’s easy to get rid of in Photoshop, Lightroom, Paintshop Pro, or Photo-Paint, the four that I use.

      I have a Canon EFS 55-250 IS Macro lens that I’ll sell you for the same price as a new Tamron 50-200. Find me the lowest price on that Tamron and the Canon is yours. I like the Canon but I need more at the low end and more at the high end so 55-250 just doesn’t have the range for me. It was my first walkaround lens and is in great shape. I might have taken a thousand pictures with it before I got the Tamron 38-300.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I don’t. On my first SLR go-round back in the ’70s and ’80s, I was a lens collector. This time I’m not. I have just four lenses and that’s only because I have two DSLRs, a Rebel XSi (for work) and a 550D for play. Otherwise I’d have just three lenses.

          Why do you want the 18mm? Are you in real estate?

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          1. Melanie B.

            I have an 18-55mm lens that I use when I take pictures of my kids and I have a 75-300mm lens that I use when I take pictures of my kids playing soccer. I would like a lens that I could use on the sidelines for the kids that are not playing and then be able to take a picture of the kid playing without switching lenses. Right now, I have to choose or stand waaaaaaaay back to get the kid next to me. 🙂

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  3. Sharon Lord

    VERY COOL!!! I heard it was supposed to be spectacular, but I just couldn’t be motivated to make or buy eclipse-viewing equipment. Photos will do, and I don’t have to worry about going blind. 🙂

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  4. rommel

    I did get a glimpse of it from my peripheral vision, but I couldn’t stop and take a picture because of work I had in Paso Robles. Californians are lucky to get good views of it, and I’m not one of them. 😦

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