Yesterday, 20th March 2015 Ireland experienced a Partial Solar Eclipse. Partial Solar Eclipses are caused by a shadow created by the moon as it passes between the earth and the sun. Although they happen quite regularly around the world eclipses are quite rare in Ireland . The last one was 16 years ago and the next one is not due till 2026.
I headed to Dunany, County Louth with friend and fellow photographer, Brian Hopper to witness the event. We arrived at the beach at 8:15am and set up our tripods at the shoreline. There was heavy cloud cover when we arrived. Fortunately there was a break in the clouds at just the right time. At around 9:17 am the clouds parted and we had close to ideal viewing conditions for a few seconds at Dunany. It got a little colder and calm & it was very peaceful. After taking a few images of the scene before our eyes, I quickly switched lenses from a wide angle to a zoom , and pointed towards the sky to capture the main image shown ( and first 2 below )and grab as many shots as I could . The cloud cover was acting wonderfully as a natural filter for me reducing the brightness to a large extent. I was’nt using any filters for these shots. They were handheld. The last two images were taken with the 16-35mm lens, camera on tripod and 2 Lee Graduated filters were used.
It was wonderful to witness this event . I thought it was amazing. Quite a phenomenon to see.