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Eclipse on the cheap

May 21, 2012

Things I learned from the eclipse:

1) My iPhone took better pictures of the eclipse than my real camera.

Note: other people were very good at taking pictures with real cameras (though taking them at sunset and sunrise probably helped).

2) Covering one’s iPhone telephoto lens with aluminum foil and making an offset pinhole leads to some very interesting visual effects, both of the eclipse and the landscape in general:


3) Internal refraction artefacts are a cool way to watch an eclipse.

I’m not sure if it was the light, but I got some cool Sutro fog shadows:


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  1. May 21, 2012 5:10 pm

    Nice! I love the eclipse refractions coinciding with Sutro – looks brilliant!

    Incidentally, I learned today that fog shadows could be classified as crepuscular rays:

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