Photograph a Rare Solar Eclipse in SF

  • May 20, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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Solar Eclipse Viewed in San Francisco

The eclipse will begin at 5:16 p.m. Sunday when the new moon moves slowly across the sun's face and blocks most of it, providing a spectacular event for Bay Area viewers with proper eye protection. The National Weather Service forecasts a sunny, breezy late afternoon.

The eclipse will peak in the Bay Area at 6:33 p.m., when 84 percent of the sun will be obscured by the moon's passage.

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  • Frederic L.

    Sorry I didn't see anyone during the solar eclipse as I was blinded by the light.

    May 21, 2012

  • Frederic L.

    Safety Tip: The biggest challenge with photographing a solar eclipse is that this is the sun itself that you're looking at. As we've all been told since we were little, looking directly at the sun is a bad idea. Not only can doing so permanently damage your eyes, it can also damage your camera's image sensor. For that reason, you need to take special precautions to protect both your camera and your eyes. Never, ever look directly at the sun without looking through a filter.

    May 20, 2012

  • Frederic L.

    Don't forget to bring protection tonight.

    May 20, 2012

  • Frederic L.

    Its going to be a zoo of photographers at the Marina tonight ... which can be fun. I might try along the Embaradero just to save my sanity. Have sun tonight and if I see you great otherwise lets Meet Up for the Golden Gate Fireworks (see details).

    May 20, 2012

  • jane c.

    fred, what eye protection is needed? and time/where to buy before sunday?

    May 18, 2012

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