Solar Eclipse
August 11th 1999

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A total eclipse of the Sun is one of the greatest spectacles of nature and results from one of the most fortunate coincidences of nature: the Sun's diameter is 400 times that of the Moon, and the Sun's distance from Earth is also 400 times that from the Moon. Both subtend nearly the same angle of about 0.5 degree, so that the Moon's disk can appear just large enough to cover the Sun's disk.
On this page you see a sequence of pictures taken during the total eclipse of August 11th 1999. The pictures are taken in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria. As you can see, some thin clouds appeared just before the beginning of the eclipse. Therefore I failed to take good pictures of the corona. However, due to the clouds the shadow of the Moon, the umbra, approached like a spectaculair thunderstorm.
I used a wireless remote control to release the shutter of the OM2n. The pictures are taken on kodachrome 25 with a Tokina 17 mm F3.5, stopped down to F5.6. The camera was set on auto.

1 May 2006:
Look here for the pictures of the solar eclips 2006 in Cirali (Çirali), Turkey.
Zuiko 300 mm F4.5 Zuiko 500 mm F8


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