An annular solar eclipse took place on May 20, 2012, totality was visible on a stretch of the western U.S. from the Oregon coast stretching diagonally down through the southwest states. Stan Honda traveled to New Mexico to view and photograph the eclipse.
This was shot at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. It was an amazing place to view the annular eclipse over the Pueblo Bonito great house site. Two friends and I had planned a trip to Chaco canyon mainly for night sky observing and photography, but decided to plan around the eclipse. Incredibly dark skies in the park allowed us to do everything we planned for, plus the eclipse. I received permission from the Chaco rangers to access the pueblo sites at night and photographed some fascinating ruins with the great sky arching over the landscape. Chaco is well worth visiting, both for the history of the people who lived there and the beautiful night skies.
For the first shot of the eclipse sequence, I used a Nikon D700 camera with a 24-70mm lens set at 48mm. An intervalometer was set to take a photo every 5 minutes starting just before the eclipse began. I used a Thousand Oaks Optical black polymer solar filter over the lens during the eclipse. After the sun set I shot a frame without the filter of the landscape. Frames were assembled in Photoshop for the final image. For more images, go to http://www.stanhonda.com/
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