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Fri Jul 21, 2017, 02:39 PM

OK, so I'm trying to practice taking photos for the eclipse.

The solar filter is on the camera and I've got the whole thing up on the tripod.

Now I can find the sun when I handhold the camera. The problem is when I'm using the tripod.

The angle of the sun is so high that it's nearly impossible for me to see it. The camera is waaaay up at a high angle, plus the solar filter blocks my view. (It's reflecting my face!)

I'm thinking that I need to be outside when the sun is much lower in the sky, which will make it easier to see, and hopefully, find.

Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted!

Help!

On edit: Here's a successful sun shot:


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Reply OK, so I'm trying to practice taking photos for the eclipse. (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 OP
mitch96 Jul 2017 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #2
TreasonousBastard Jul 2017 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #6
TreasonousBastard Jul 2017 #13
TreasonousBastard Jul 2017 #14
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #15
Sophiegirl Jul 2017 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #5
Sophiegirl Jul 2017 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #8
Sophiegirl Jul 2017 #9
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #10
Sophiegirl Jul 2017 #11
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #12
eppur_se_muova Jul 2017 #16
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #17
Dyedinthewoolliberal Jul 2017 #18
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #19

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 02:55 PM

1. I'm no photographer but......

could you hold a mirror to the view finder at an angle? Hold it at 45 so you can look down at the mirror and then look in the finder??
mitch

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:03 PM

2. I could try that. It's a possibility.

Thanks!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:04 PM

3. So far so good...

One answer would be a gadget like this:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1132360-REG/ziv_ravf_right_angle_viewfinder.html



You might find it useful for general photography-- getting down for that lower angle can work wonders.

You don't say what your camera is, but if you use the viewer on the back, a mirror might work, as was suggested.



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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:34 PM

6. It's a Nikon D3200. This looks like it might help.

I'll ask my photo guy if they carry them.

Thanks!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 08:28 PM

13. I have a D3200. It's got some limitations, but it gets the job done. If your guy...

can't get the gadget, B&H has a stellar reputation so should be no problem if you order it.





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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #13)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 08:31 PM

14. Never mind. I see you got one. :)

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 09:48 PM

15. Yes, I ordered it and I should have it by next Thursday!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:31 PM

4. What type of camera do you have?

My husband is a photographer and once set his camera using a wide angled lens to time lapse stars in a clear Wyoming sky. It was awesome.

I could ask him for suggestions.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:32 PM

5. It's a Nikon D3200.

That would be very cool if you have time!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:35 PM

7. I'll ask him when he gets home from work

And get back to you.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:36 PM

8. Thanks so much--I appreciate your help! n/t

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 03:50 PM

10. He is a sweetheart! I don't think I'm quite ready for that, however!

I'm just trying to get the sun to show up (without blinding me!) in my viewfinder!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 04:21 PM

11. Well...

I wish you good luck. The mirror idea is a good one.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 21, 2017, 06:08 PM

12. UPDATE: I talked to my camera guy who gave me a lesson Wednesday.

I told him about the right angle viewfinder and he had a look on his work computer.

He said this would be perfect for what I need and he recommended that I buy it........so I just did.

I really appreciate all your feedback!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:12 AM

16. Yep, the "star diagonal" mirror (90 deg adapter) is the way to go.

Check out this web site, including instructional videos at the bottom of the page: http://www.solareclipsetimer.com/

Also, there's a link to a YouTube video toward the top of the page. I just attended a lecture by the eclipse-chasing plastic surgeon (who created the app at the link above) featured in this video:

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific also has some educational resources:
https://www.astrosociety.org/education/2017-solar-eclipse-information-resources/

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #16)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:59 PM

17. Thank you for all these links! I will check them out.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:11 PM

18. I have no sugggestions

but will be trying to do that very same thing soon. Nice pic!

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #18)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:19 PM

19. Thanks, and best of luck to you too! n/t

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