Today was the big day! The solar eclipse finally happened. It came to ‘merica! Haha. In Philadelphia, we had a view of about 75% coverage. It started at 1:21 pm EST. It hit its maximum coverage at 1:21, and ended at 2:44 p.m.
I decided to watch from my backyard. Unprepared, I charged 2 sets of camera batteries this morning. I found my tripod tucked into a closet. I had no glasses, so sunglasses, a baseball hat, and a tablecloth (to cover me and the camera) had to do. I even had to pull out the camera’s manual because it had been so long.
Minutes before the eclipse started, I decided to go old-school and cut up a shoe box to make a viewer.
It worked. For the first half hour, I took photos of the sun from within the box with my cell phone.
But then I realized that there sure was a lot of cloud cover, and . . . why not?
Next thing I knew I was snapping away, trying not to look.
I ended up with some really lovely shots.
(P.S. – I was prepared to buy a new camera if necessary. Rats! It is still working. Luckily, my eyes are too!)