Total Solar Eclipse with E-M1 ii and Panasonic 100-400mm

Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 10.45.50 PM.pngMy first solar eclipse, no clue what to expect or how to photograph. My question was should I even try to photograph?, as the podcasts I listened  recommend just enjoying the first eclipse. Decided just to enjoy than picturing it. Didn’t bother getting the solar filter.

When I started viewing the moon in front of Sun, couldn’t resit the temptation to photograph every moment of it, knowing my self I should have prepared for it. Tried to get the best out of what I had. Used my eye filter  and started taking picture. I can’t zoom in the all the way due to lack of proper solar filter.

One mazing thing was the autofocus is perfect. Has to wiggle little bit with the manual setting to get the right exposure. Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 10.29.55 PM.png

When I started getting hang of how to take picture holding my solar glass in front of the lens at the right distance, the magic started happening.

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It was getting darker and darker, the lights inside the building started to appear and then it just went crazy.


It’s something that can’t be described in words, only understood by people who has seen the total eclipse. I had to fiddle little bit again to adjust the exposure to take the direct Sun, with no filter.

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800mm equivalent is really good focal length, I didn’t zoom all the way though, as the sun was moving too fast. Ok.. technically incorrect, as the earthy was rotating too fast I couldn’t frame the sun properly.

Just missed the diamond ring, as the it was suddenly too bright and I was focused more in enjoying the moment than taking photograph of it. Few seconds passed did still give a memorable picture.

I really enjoyed the camera and lens combo, nailed the focus perfectly, so easy to adjust the exposure good preview. This helped really to enjoy the moment along with taking picture, as it was just so easy.

Only regret, should have taken a wide angle shot to cover the environment along with the solar eclipse. Definitely next time..

Other I missed over exposing and taking the shadow of the moon…, may be next time.

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  1. Pingback: EM-1 ii with Panasonic 100-400 zoom(200 to 800 eq). | K Nathan's Photo Blog

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