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Old July 16th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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Solar Eclipse - Shooting Tips

I should be able to see a solar eclipse from my home in Japan on Wednesday 22nd July.

It will be a near total eclipse from here.

Does anyone have any experience of videoing such an event?

Advice? Don't do it! Do it this way! Look out for! etc.etc.
All help welcome.


PS. Probably has no bearing on the topic , but I will be shooting with a Sony Z1 and a Sony FX1.
I was produced in Scotland, edited in Sweden, and am now showing in Japan.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #2
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I will be on the centre line in Shanghai. I am leaving Saturday for China and will be on a beach to watch an eclipse for the first time myself. I can't offer anything from personal experience but I have found this:
Eclipse Photography - 3

You will need a solar filter to video during the partial phases, but after that I am not sure. Good luck with clouds!
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Old July 17th, 2009, 06:37 AM   #3
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Looking forward to the footage, but as a general safety reminder do NOT look at the sun either directly or through the a camera optical viewfinder. Here are a few threads from past solar eclipses and sunrise/sunset shoots:
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Old July 17th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #4
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How much "sun gazing" can a camera take without damaging the sensors?
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Old July 17th, 2009, 10:51 AM   #5
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FWIW, I have shot stills -- not video, but it should work --- using a #14 welder's helmet filter. You can get them in, iirc, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch size fairly cheaply at welding supply houses.... hth / Battle Vaughan / video team
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