Sunday, May 20, 2012

2012 Solar Eclipse from Lake Tahoe

Annular Solar Eclipse 2012 Tahoe
We are fortunate enough to be up here in Lake Tahoe and within the view corridor of the solar eclipse on May 20th, 2012. We are staying at the Capri Motel (nice) just a couple of blocks from Lake Tahoe so we walked down to Lakeside Beach by the Lakeside Grill with a friend for a nice view. 

Lakeside Beach, South Lake Tahoe, CA
We were not the only ones with the idea, there were lots of folks on the beach for the solar event. There seemed to be a bunch of contraptions for eclipse viewing too. From people with box projectors to welding masks, you name it, one guy had a big box on his head?

Apparently it can be tricky and your not supposed to do it, so I can't recommend you try it, but at the last minute I made a filter and it actually worked really good. I took a piece of glass and coated it with layer, after layer, after layer of soot from an ordinary disposable BIC lighter until it was dark, and it worked good enough to get some really wonderful pictures of the Annular solar eclipse from South Lake Tahoe. We shared our homemade with other folks on the beach and they were impressed with the simple DIY filter.

Jack and I really enjoyed the whole event. Hope you enjoy my photos of the eclipse, I used a Canon Powershot SX230 HS for all the annular solar eclipse photos here. It's actually a really amazing camera if you learn how to use it. Thanks to it's powerful 14x optical zoom and shutter priority mode, I also like it for shooting concert photos.

Pre-peak Eclipse

Almost Peak Annular Solar Eclipse
The Peak of the Eclipse from South Lake Tahoe

The Solar Eclipse Past it's Peak.

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