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Old Dec 21, 2010, 2:43 PM   #1
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A whooping -24C/-11F outside and a full moon up in the skies.

First picture from 07.30 this morning as I went to work. Here in the south we only got a partial eclipse before the moon set behind the horizon, further north it was total. K20D, A* 85mm 1.4 @ f3.5 1/30 sec ISO400

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Second one as I got home at 17.00. FA35mm 2.0 @ 2.0 1/2 sec ISO1600 hand held (how much time would you like to spend in knee-deep snow at -24C to set up a tripod???)

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Old Dec 21, 2010, 3:07 PM   #2
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Ah, thanks for these! Clouds here all day long, so no chance for me to see something of that special event.

1/2s handheld is quite something

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Old Dec 21, 2010, 3:19 PM   #3
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Wow - that first one is really spectacular (2nd one is no slouch either)! Somehow I don't think I'd bother with a tripod if I were out in that cold weather. Don't think I've ever had the opportunity to experience that kind of cold. I've been out when it's been -1 or -2 F, but never -11!
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Kjell,

I commend you on your tenacity to capture an event that was last seen 372 years ago! These are for the record books Thanks for the effort and diligence! Frank
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Glad somebody got photos, I forgot all about it...
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a worthy sacrafice in the frigid cold to produce these great photos. Great series
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Beautiful shots Kjell. The first one is just prefect! Here in the northeastern US we had heavy cloud cover, so saw nothing. Looks like I'll have to wait another 350 years or so till we have another solstice eclipse!
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Hi Kjell,

Terrific shots! -- Much too cold and certainly not timely to shoot any kind of sequence.

I took one look out the window and knew that the whole thing was going to be totally obscured by heavy overcast. . . to bad -- I'd have liked to see what 16 MP and some heavy glass could do. . .

I got lucky 10/27/04 and was able to capture a whole sequence, but not with a Pentax. . .didn't have one yet. It was with a Panasonic FZ 15 + Oly Tcon 17 (a 1.7x add on TC), shot from a light tripod. It was very cool to see as I'd never been able to observe one before.

Here's a composite I made of all the shots before it clouded over. I remember it was cold, and I had to go inside to keep warm, then come out at timed intervals to get a shot. If it would have happened during Oct this year, I probably could have stayed out the whole time with just a light jacket. . .

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That is one marvellous series, Scott! I put in a word for you and the authorities are prepared to forgive you for not using a Pentax.

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