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My Photos from the Eclipse

Steve Laufmann

I drove up to Wyoming last month to photograph the eclipse. It was my first totality. Very cool. The local crickets seemed to enjoy it as well, as they sang an evening song to me during totality.

I finished post-processing my photos this past weekend. All were shot at 560mm with a Canon 5DsR camera. All were shot without any specialized astronomical equipment or tracking mechanisms. Here are my favorites.

Composite — the classic series, a 13-image composite of the entire eclipse:


Corona — an exposure-bracketed image processed to reveal as much of the corona as possible:


Prominences — a totality photo processed to accentuate the sun’s prominences:


Diamond Ring — a couple seconds too late, but still a nice view of the fiery edge of the sun, especially showing off its prominences:


These took a while to post-process, requiring some techniques I’d never heard of before — especially the corona shot, as the coronal light falls off so dramatically with distance from the sun. I managed to get the coronal lines, with only a little banding due to merging across several different exposures.

So, I’ve learned a few lessons about how to shoot an eclipse. Maybe I’ll do better in Texas in 2024. See you there!

Steve Laufmann

Steve Laufmann is a speaker, author, computer scientist, and consultant in the design of enterprise-class systems, with expertise in the difficulties of changing complex systems to perform new tasks. He leads the Engineering Research Group at Discovery Institute and chaired the program committee for the 2021 Conference on Engineering in Living Systems. He is co-author, with Howard Glicksman, of Your Designed Body (2022). When he can’t think of anything else to do, he enjoys landscape photography, pizza, and old movies.



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