I shot this from the San Pedro Mountain Range outside of Albuquerque NM. This is overlooking the Sandia Mountain Range as the sun set during the eclipse in the distance. We were at 7,000 ft. elevation and as you know you can't photograph the sun without a special sun filter which reduces the light of the sun by over 1,000 times so it doesn't damage the camera's sensor. The foreground shot was taken with my other camera and the two shots have been combined to create what was really there but unphotographable and unviewable with the human eye.
I have been playing with this composite, trying to get a better presentation and I think I have it now. Hope you enjoy it.
This is a composite shot of the Annular Solar Eclipse every 10 minutes up until the perfect moment. The times noted on each phase is in Central Day Light Time as noted in the camera but we were in Mountain time so they are 1 hour earlier when actually shot in New Mexico, Mountain Day Light time.
Here is sequence of shots as Venus transited across the face of the sun. The first shot was taken at 5:22, they are about 30 minutes apart, and the final shot was taken at 7:50, central standard daylight time.
This shot displays Venus as it was entering onto the face of the sun. You can see half of the planet visible on the entering edge.
This was the sun the evening before the eclipse. Notice the difference in the sun spots on the 19th compared to what they looked like in the evening of the 20th. The filter I was using is pretty awesome. I had no idea this was possible to capture.
The ring of fire at just about the most perfect moment in the eclipse over Albuquerque New Mexico.
This was taken at 6:28 PM Mountain Time. The annular eclipse "first kiss" as the moon made it's first appearance across the face of the sun.
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1951 Pontiac Hood ornament. 1951 Pontiac in front of the Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari New Mexico. Neon reflections on a 1951 Pontiac hood ornament. Route 66 1951 Pontiac hood ornament. Tucumcari New Mexico.
While in Tucumcari NM we stayed in the Blue Swallow Motel right on Route 66. A perfect flash back to the 50s. It was like a movie set. If you ever go there you must call for a reservation. They stay booked up just about every night. You've never seen anything like it.
1951 Pontiac hood ornament lit up in front of the Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari New Mexico.