The Sun

Sunsets and sunrises are famous and atmospheric sujets. Solar eclipses are very fascinating. If you had the luck to see one total solar eclipse live you know what I am talking about. The pictures here can only represent a small part of the real impression. I have seen three total solar eclipses (1999 in France, 2002 in Australia and 2006 in Turkey) and many partial eclipses. Partial eclipses are a specially nice sujet if they occur while sunrise or sunset. See pictures of the eclipses in the album Solar Eclipses. (15 Images)

Glowing TreetopsImage 1/15 Glowing Treetops: Sun setting behind trees making the treetops appear to glow. Shot through a 1m refracting telescope without filter. — Minolta X-300, Kodak Ektar 125, September 1991 SunsetImage 2/15 Sunset: Setting Sun through a f=1000mm f/11 refracting telescope in prime focus. June 1992, Kodak Ektar 25 SunsetImage 3/15 Sunset: Sunset through a f=1000mm f/11 refracting telescope in prime focus. The round shaped thingie on the right is the radar dome from Zurich airport. July 1992, Kodak Ektar 100-2 Sunset with dead TreeImage 4/15 Sunset with dead Tree: Sun is setting behind a foggy forest with a dead tree. This picture was taking during Starparty 1995 on the Gurnigel — Minolta SRT-101, 4.5/300mm telephoto lens SunsetImage 5/15 Sunset: Sunset in december 1999. SunsetImage 6/15 Sunset: Sun setting behind two trees on a hill. Shot from a meadow at Hirzel village on 19th October 2001. Well, this is a combination of two images (one bright with the trees but without Sun and one dark just with the solar disk and the silhouette of the tree). The film was almost filled and I did not have another one in the bag (shame). The bright image was shot accidentally while pointing the camera and the one with just the sun was too dark because I measured the brightness of the sky too early (shame again). I combined those two images using Photoshop and negative multiplication of the two layers and graduation curve corretion of the bright image. The Sun will set at this point every year from about 18-20th October and 20-22th February. I hope the next time the weather will be as good and I will have enough films. 8/500mm RF tele, Fujichrome Velvia.
Image 7/15 : Flying into the sunImage 8/15 Flying into the sun: This is no photomontage. A little airplane which started from Zurich airport flew across the sun's disk while I was taking this picture. It's a bit small. Next time I'll get closer to the airport and try it again. — Nikon D200, ISO 100, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006 SunsetImage 9/15 Sunset: The sun is setting — Nikon D200, ISO 100, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006 Sunset refractionImage 10/15 Sunset refraction: The sun is setting behind a very low horizon. Refraction and air turbulences cause deformations of the sun's disk. — Nikon D200, ISO 100, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006 SunsetImage 11/15 Sunset: Sunset with cloud belts. I wanted to take picture of the thin sickle of the setting moon but the weather gods were against me. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenithstar 1 05 ED Triplet APO f/7, 2x Teleconverter, 1/160s, ISO 100, Wernetshausen, Bachtel, 24 June 2006, 21:14 No airplane crossing sunImage 12/15 No airplane crossing sun: Can you spot the tip of the airplane wing? The colours are not as seen through the solar filter. I changed the colour temperature and brightness until I liked it. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Baader solar foil, ISO 100, 1/3200s, white balance 15000K, exposure correction -2, field crop, Wetzikon, 11. März 2007 11:18
Airplane crossing sunImage 13/15 Airplane crossing sun: An airplane crossing the sun. This is no photomontage. It took several hours at the telescope and a sunburn to make this picture. Unfortunately I lost the original slide. — Minolta X-300, Vixen Refractor, d=90mm, f=1000mm Sun ProtuberanceImage 14/15 Sun Protuberance: At a telescope meeting I held my Nikon Coolpix 990 on the eyepiece of a Kutter-Schiefspiegler with H-alpha filter and took this picture. Okay, not very sharp but it was a shaky setup. — Nikon Coolpix 990, 90mm Kutter-Schiefspiegler Image 15/15 :