Similar to the post below but reprocessed using HDR techniques. It's pretty amazing how much detail you can actually pull out.
It would take some doing, I suspect, to notice the difference in this second attempt at processing my eclipse sequence but it is there. I started from the raw files instead of from jpegs and I was much more careful with the way I selected the solar disks from the frames and copied them into the final composite. This is much more satisfactory.
I have been debating whether or not to darken the center of the sun to make it more as it would have appeared on the day. I'm still not sure if that would be acceptable.
As for the process involved in the creation:
No funny business. The camera never moved and everything you see is real. It's 17 exposures, one every ten minutes. I actually took one every five and then thinned out the images.
The shots of the sun in phase are shot with a Baader solar filter at shutter speeds around 1/200 of a second. The individual images are totally black except for the sun. They were taken using an automatic timer so I didn't have to worry about it too much during the event.
At the moment of totality, I removed the filter and shot several shots at different shutter speeds, generally of a couple of seconds shutter speed (the people were mostly still - transfixed by the sun so they didn't move too much). Of those shots, I chose one and that is everything you see in the image, except the phases of the sun.
This was my first total solar eclipse so I didn't want to spend the whole thing with my camera. I took a few quick shots in about half a minute and then just enjoyed the rest of my 00:03:42.
After the sun reappeared, I put the filter back on and resumed the timed exposures through to the end of the eclipse.
In Photoshop, I stacked each image as a layer, cropped everything from each one except the solar disk, and then used the "screen" overlay method, applying them to the totality image. No other photoshop hijinks were used.
You can see that I didn't quite center totality so the sequence runs off the frame by a couple of minutes and I overexposed totality so you can't see the dark disk of the moon in the center.
Still, overall I'm pretty happy with it and I didn't spend too much time durring the eclipse screwing with it which was important to me.
Probably more than you wanted to know but there it is... :)
Roman theatre at Miletus
Another tourist at Miletus
This was amazing - a couple of weeks ago I had no idea about these clouds untill I saw that link with the pictures (see below). Then, there we were at the temple of Apollo and I recognised them! Mammatus clouds at Didyma's amazing Temple of Apollo
This used to be someone's home. More on Cappadocia...
This is the dome of one of rock cut churches.
Part of a beautiful valley vinyard.. I shot a full panorama of this valley but the stitching will have to wait to I get home.
Last, but most certainly not least, the totality portion of my eclipse sequence. Like the suntrail shots below, I will add the exposures of the phases to this image but, again, that will have to wait until I get home. Overall, the experience was simply astounding - the reactions of the people, the 360 degree sunset, the chill in the air - I just can't describe everything I felt.
So.... who wants to go see the 2009 eclipse with me in Japan? :)
-Hagia Sophia at sunrise
-The Blue Mosque with the first rays of morning on it
-Close up of same
-Outbuilding of Blue Mosque with rising crescent moon
I hope to use this technique to capture the total eclipse on March 29th. I'm still not happy with the distortions that the filter introduces to the shape of the sun.
This shot was taken using a sperical panorama head and then flattened. It is a mosaic of over 20 images, stitched together using software.
One can also view the file as a movie that you can pan around in. This is the beginning of my panorama photography, mostly designed for the planetarium dome.
It is a piece of heavily weathered bronze from the base of a statue. It was interesing on its own but I tweaked the colors in Photoshop.