Partial Solar Eclipse

Even a partial solar eclipse is a pretty unique experience; we got a reasonably good view in Oakville too – the cloudy weather chose just the right time to break.

The timing was especially good in another respect as well: right at the moment the Sun has the most spectacular sunspot too, rejoicing in the poetic name Region 2192 (doesn’t it just sing?!) – this monster utterly dwarfs the earth! It’s the big splotch that’s clearly visible in the middle of the Sun.

This shot was taken from on top of the building I work in, with the assistance of a variable ND filter (which, combined with a stopped-down aperture, made it possible to view the sun directly without burning a hole in my retina) stuck on the end of a long lens.