Annular Eclipse

This photo was taken tonight at Squaw Peak.  We were having a blast with all of our new friends tonight watching the eclipse.  It became apparent quickly that my equipment was not up to par with taking photos of the sun.  I had my 70-200 mm lens with 1.7 teleconverter and an 8 stop variable neutral density filter on the camera.  The f/stop was set at f/40 with the shutter speed extremely high.  The filter and set up was still only able to create a blurry image. 

Then the clouds rolled in.  We were a little saddened, because the clouds came minutes before maximum coverage. Just before we were to leave the clouds thinned ever so slightly.  I quickly reset up the equipment, keeping the camera settings the same.  The difference was the clouds thinned the light enough to allow the camera to capture a fun image.  The shutter speed went down to 1/80 of a second at f/5.  This picture was taken at 320mm on a tripod at 200 iso.  To get the final output I sharpened the and added a slight bit of saturation. 

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