The Sweeping Shadow: Video of a Total Solar Eclipse


Thu, Dec 27th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Colin Legg has posted this video showcasing the stunning total solar eclipse seen on November 14, 2012 at The Granite, FNQ, Australia.

I was fortunate to view the eclipse from "The Granite' in far north Queensland this November. Inspired by Joe Cali's short but spectacular footage of the 2008 event (, I sought a high vantage point to capture the sweep of the shadow. Clear views north and east proved difficult to find, so I had to hike an 850m peak the night before and sleep on a rock ledge.

The clip includes 3 timelapses at various focal lengths. The first used a constant exposure, while the latter 2 tracked the light in the final 2 minutes either side of C2/C3, using bulb scripting. Eclipse Orchestrator software managed the light curve, while the cameras were triggered by a custom microcontroller built by Thomas Bethel. Many thanks to Fred Bruenjes and Thomas Bethel.

You can find out more about my eclipse experience here:



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