Updated: Sept 10. I found some more pictures that had been chunked into a different folder for the 21st, and I’m glad I found them because I did notice an interesting effect when I took a few but I hadn’t seen them in the pictures when I was going through them to post them here. Once or twice I noticed that when I got the glare from the sun right, instead of making those floating circle/rays, they made a crescent ray… which I think is actually because the eclipse was affecting the way those were created, and caused the crescent effect on the glare rays. So, here are the pictures I re-found, and I’m pretty sure they actually include the most extreme effects we saw here of the eclipse.
And just for interest, here are some pictures in the back field taken August 24, but on a much cloudier day than the 21st. I think it’s interesting just to see what the field looks like on a cloudy day, but with no interference with the sun, compared to the eclipse day.
Original Post: Sept 9.
I know it’s a bit belated, and everyone probably has moved on but I’m finally getting around to these pictures. I was doing chores in the back field, but took breaks to take pictures of what we experienced in this area of the eclipse… It was weird, it never got … ‘dark’… it just got dim…weirdly dim, kind of like the everything was being viewed on a laptop or tablet screen with it dimmed from full brightness.
I didn’t have time to look up those home made devices you can use to watch the progress of an eclipse… I seem to remember when I was in early grade school, there was an eclipse, and I remember the teacher had all of us (it was a small school, and small classes) in the back yard/play field of the school to observe. They had made well sure that we knew enough not to stare at the sun, and made it easier to obey this prohibition by having us make devices in class beforehand so we could watch a shadow on a piece of paper through a pinhole…I’m sorry I don’t remember more, but I think the idea was there was a tiny hole in one piece of paper, like in an index card, and something held it a distance apart from another parallel piece of paper, and if you held it right, the pinhole light would be covered or affected or dimmed or shaded or something as the eclipse progressed so you could watch the progress… I think it worked then, but I didn’t try it on this occasion.)
I did try to use different filters and affects included as settings options on my camera to see if say, accentuating the bright or dim aspects of an image would allow me to see a bite being taken from the sun. No such luck. I don’t think posterize helped either. I was hoping that having some cloud cover over the sun would allow my camera to pick up a hazed over circle for the sun, with a bit missing but still no such luck. I suspect if I messed with contrast or brightness, I might get something interesting, but I’m betting NASA and other professionals have taken better pictures. I just thought it would be interesting to post these for reference of what we saw around us here during the eclipse. Here they are. And of course, a few pictures of Ralf and Kyle, who were with me and enjoying a chance to be in the back field. And in the stream…getting wet and muddy.