Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I’m only falling apart.
I love space. And was incredibly excited for this years Solar Eclipse, even if San Antonio was only getting a partial Eclipse.
I was so excited I planned ahead and picked up a pair of solar glasses from the local library a month ago to make sure I would have them in time for the solar eclipse.
I planned everything out perfectly, I was going to take a late lunch, head to the roof of the parking garage at the building I work in and head on up to watch an amazing light show.
I office out of a co-working space downtown, so I wasn’t the only nerd their ready to watch the celestial ballet take place.
While talking to a fellow co-worker, I noted that several people where not prepared for the eclipse. So grabbing some paper plates and a paper clip, we quickly rigged up some pinhole cameras to take with us to the roof. The Pinholes were temperamental, and I have to say, the cardboard sheet multi pinhole pictured below is the way to do it.
Now to wait out for the next eclipse. Maybe I will still be in Texas for the one in 2024, which is supposed to be a total eclipse.
Hopefully by then I will have worked out a better solution for photographing the eclipse than holding the glasses over my iPhone camera.
Time Will Tell.
A big note I have for the future tho, is when making a pinhole camera, make certain to get as round a hole as possible. The paper pinholes produced a very faint projection, and I think that is because they were quickly assembled using a paperclip instead of something like a pushpin. It may be more efficient to punch the hole out larger than needed and then use the pinhole through aluminum, similar to how a pinhole camera for film photography is crafted.
The view through the paper plate pinhole. It was difficult to focus accurately on the sheet of paper. Not sure if the hole needed to be made rounder.
For a quick job, it got it done and allowed people to see the eclipse, if faintly.
Originally we came ill-prepared. I assumed the concrete of the parking garage would be bright enough for the pinhole to project on, we fortunately had someone eases failed pinhole camera to project upon to get a clearer picture.
Another co-worker made this amazing multi pinhole sheet. Was a ton of fun seeing the different phases of the eclipse. I saw on the news people with colanders, which could make for some interesting photographs.
His were especially bright against the concrete, he was using a larger hole to produce his image and held the cardboard further away from the street.
Eclipses are a ton of fun to watch, I this is the third I have seen in my lifetime, and I can not wait for more.