The Longest Solar Eclipse of the 21st Century

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On July 22, 2009, the moon blocked out the sun and darkness covered a part of the world at daytime – a rare phenomenon called a solar eclipse. With my Canon EOS 450D camera and kit lens, I’ve managed to take some quite good photos of it.

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Yesterday, I was one of the millions of people who witnessed the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century, a very rare phenomenon. The eclipse lasted for about 6 minutes and 39 seconds but the whole transition lasted for more than 2 hours, from 8:30 AM to 11AM (at my timezone) and I’m sure most of the people with special abilities lost their powers for that time period. Below are a few shots I’ve taken during the rare event. I’ve used a Canon EOS 450D with kit lens. I know I could’ve taken better pictures with a zoom lens but I don’t have one so I’ll stick to what I’ve got. I know it’s dangerous to focus your DSLR directly at the sun, especially this is only a partial eclipse, so I’ve used a welding glass as a filter. I hope you enjoy a few of my handpicked shots below. It was taken in front of the house.

July 22, 2009 Solar Eclipse

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  1. Daniel
    July 24th, 2009
    at 12:03 am

    Awesome pictures man!

  2. Haha I wasn’t able to see this! Boo me.

  3. Solar eclipses are fun. Cool pictures too. The green makes it look very creepy.

  4. rjtreb
    August 26th, 2009
    at 10:22 am

    i didn’t witness that solar eclipse, I’m at work. Nice filter my man! welding glass. smart ey!

  5. Ang galing talaga ni Bro!

    ang ganda din pala ng photos ng Canon EOS 450D!

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