Hello there Buttoneers! I have a rather different blog post for you today based upon recent events! If you follow me on Instagram you will see that I managed to snap a few pics of the Solar Eclipse that happened over the UK and Northern Europe last Friday. For those of you that may not know…
…A solar eclipse is when a new moon passes directly across the sun in its orbit around the earth, therefore blocking the light with its shadow. It is an extremely rare occurrence as the moon has to be in the correct ‘new moon’ phase at the time of passing the sun. Blimey!
Even more exciting for me (You may know this is you follow me on Twitter or Facebook) is that our local newspaper gave elistonbutton.com a lovely plug whilst sharing one of my photographs on the front page of their website! (They are also going to be hopefully in print this coming Thursday and Friday in two of our local newspapers! eeek! So keep an eye out on my Instagram)
So, aside from the excitement I have for my five minutes of fame in the local paper, I am really chuffed with the photographs I was able to capture of the solar eclipse. The eclipse was partial of 83% according to the Evesham Observer so I had little hope in being able to capture it. This said, my mum was free and with me working from home, we decided to have a mini solar eclipse party at my house (which luckily has a gorgeous open sky view facing the sun) We grabbed our mugs of coffee and some cake (of course!) and set up our little viewing platform at the top of the house and nattered away with a few disappointed glances at the clouds. But alas! The clouds broke and we managed to catch a glimpse of the magic and naturally I wanted to share them with you lovely Buttoneers!
I started snapping away at the break in the clouds at around 9:38am and each time the cloud moved across the eclipse I was able to grab a photograph of the bright crescent of sun in the sky. In hindsight, I am grateful for the cloud as without it, the sun would have been far too bright to look at, let alone take photographs of it!
I am so thrilled with how the photographs turned out! I found that the ‘dawn/dusk’ setting on my camera gave me the best outcome as it captured the little slice of light through the clouds and allowed the contrast to stay true. I hardly had to edit these photographs bar adding my Eliston Button copyright into the bottom corner.
Finally the sun went back to normal, but this too was welcomed by open arms as the whole week had been foggy and grey.
The sun shone through, burnt off the remaining cloud and we welcomed spring into our days...
Did any of you lovely Buttoneers see the Eclipse? Did you look out to see clouds or were you lucky? I am so happy to welcome spring into this year now. What is your favourite thing about springtime? I think mine is the sunshine and the flowers! I would love to hear all about yours!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!