Annular ECLIPSE 2023
I was all set to capture the full annular eclipse in all its glory at Choke Canyon State Park in South Texas, but as I approached in my car from the east I could see lots of cloud cover reducing the chance of getting good shots. So I started a crazy journey back across the Texas countryside trying to find a clear spot. I travelled back via Beeville, Goliad, Weesatche, Yorktown (where I paused for a while) and Cuero. Eventually I came back to the hotel I was staying at in Victoria! Occasionally, clouds still partly obscured the view hence the variations in color and brightness. If I'd stayed home in The Woodlands there was not a cloud in the sky! Oh well, here's the sequence I got!
All shots were captured with my Canon 7D mk II - the first of the sequence below was with a Tamron Adaptall SP 500mm f8 cat. (mirror) lens (adapted to fit Canon EOS mount) and the rest with a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS. The lenses were fitted with a solar filter. For the 500mm shot I used my Three-legged-thing Travis tripod, but the 400mm shots were hand-held and relied on the excellent Image Stabilization of the Canon lens. I sat in the trunk of the car for extra arm support!