Half Solar Eclipse on Jakarta 2016


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Gratefully, it was a bright morning so we were able to have a solar eclipse here at Indonesia. I was capturing some photographs of the half solar eclipse at Jakarta. The northern part of Indonesia such as Sumatera, Kalimantan/Borneo, northern Sulawesi, and Maluku had the total solar eclipse on this March 9th 2016. I took the moment on the 3rd floor of my boarding home.

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I and some of my boarding home friends made a hand-made filter to reduce the dangerous beam of the solar eclipse by burning a ribben glass with a candle so we could make some spots of stains on it. Normally we could use a ND filter but because we are just a C class segment blue collar labor, we could only make the simplest method to make an artificial filter.

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Of course, using a candle-stained glass is having a big weakness. The spots of the stains are not neat. We have to set the right stain spot in front of our lens and that would be our additional job to adjust the lightmeter in the different spots. The other weakness is the refraction of the beam in our frame so it’s a kind of wound or hitch in our photograph. Otherwise we can use that refraction hitch as another visual creativity we can play on in accidental way.

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I cropped at about 30% of the actual frame except the earlier photograph of the eclipse with some antennas foreground, and of course when photographing my friends here. I also had an accidental moment when a butterfly was caught inside a frame.

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Wish this post can make us be more grateful as well as more surrender to The Almighty God’s greatness.

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