Interesting shots taken while traveling in the US and around the world.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Blue Sky Eclipse Shot
Most eclipse shots have to be taken at high speed so you don't blow out the sun. Since I was bracketing some of my shots, this is taken at a much slower speed, 1/6th of a second. As a result, it is a bit blurry as you can't hand hold easily at that speed but I also get more of the color of the sky, which for this eclipse, was brighter than I expected. A fellow member of the Naperville Astronomical Association speculated that this eclipse was brighter than normal as the high thin clouds were reflecting light giving us a dark, but not completely dark, eclipse experience. Notice the contrails along the bottom right corner. I hope they got an eclipse view from the plane.
A more heavily edited version of this same shot is below. I darkened the sky to bring out detail that the camera captures within its dynamic range. Your eye does this naturally. I can't remember which of these two shots is more "real". I think the sky color in the first shot is as I remember with the disk of the sun being covered by the moon more "real" in the more edited shot.
There is no one right way to edit a shot. Even in the film world, you could choose between different film stocks which could emphasis and pick up different colors in a scene. Fuji film was famously richer in color than Kodak. Same with digital. Their is no real. There are only choices. I try to stay closer to what I saw (which is more a combination of these two shots) with my colors usually a little richer, ala Fuji Film, which was my favorite choice in the film days. I try not to over process the colors and in the more edited shot above, I turned down the blue color as it didn't look like I remembered.