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The SolArt Funding Campaign might not have succeeded...

but the project went ahead anyway, and there was an outlandish amount of adversity to overcome, to a level worthy of its own book.  However at the very last moment, on the DAY of the eclipse, it all magically came together despite all odds.  You can see the results here:

And purchase images of virtually any size here if they appeal to you: 

Thanx again to you who believed in the idea.  ;^)


The SolArt Project will continue

Not quite as it was.  But we will carry forward and make the best lemonade we can.  What have we got to lose at this point.  

Since I have no idea how long Kickstarter will hold our unfunded project page, we are posting status updates to our blog here: 

Bookmark that site to keep tabs on how things develop.  We're only a week away at this point, and the tension is starting to get pretty thick...

Pix in the email

If you received the last message through your email, the photos are easiest to pull off from the Kickstarter webpage -- just drag and drop to your desktop and upload from there to Facebook.  

Click on this link to go to that post:

Tomorrow is April's "New Moon"

It is the last new moon before the next one -- the one that will block the sun during our highly anticipated solar eclipse.  It is in fact a new moon that causes a solar eclipse every time -- when the moon blocks the sun, it is the dark side -- the shadow side -- that we see and that creates the big black hole in the sky. 

That means we're coming up on the last days before our shoot and we're only half way to our funding goal.  To light a fire of excitement around us, if you are willing it would be great to post one of these images below on your Facebook page with a link to our project.  Pick your fav!

The project link is:

Safety in Numbers

One of the things I've been concerned about is frying the camera while shooting this eclipse.  Do you remember using a magnifying glass as a kid and setting dry leaves on fire?  Well, this is a rather large lens we'll be using pointed directly at the remnant of the sun visible during the eclipse.  Focusing this image on the camera's $1000+ sensor seems like an ill-advised proposition capable of setting the whole rig on fire.  Wouldn't that be a hoot.

Years ago I bought a spotting scope to take just this shot but shelved it due to low quality test images.  Still, it just occurred to me to use it as a quick approximation of what might happen pointing it at full sun.  

So this afternoon I mounted it on a tripod and tried various materials on it for the ultimate flame test.  First, a piece of paper with the "sun-spot" sized to how big it will be on the camera sensor when we use the real lens.

No flames.  Not even smoke.  Interesting.  I tried a thin sheet of finely woven packing foam -- not even melty plastic.  Hmmmm... so I tried my hand... fingers... kinda pulling away as I thought I felt some heat.

It felt kinda warm?  But not painful by any means.  And this was a worst case test -- the sun was higher in the sky than it would be during our test, and while the real lens will concentrate 7x as much light in the same area, only 1/14th of the sun will be visible during the eclipse.  We'll probably use an 8x filter to darken the image as well as an additional margin of safety, but it looks like we're well below the fire hazard range.  And I'm very glad to breathe some sort of relief on one of the risks we were facing for this shoot.

I leave you with a cute shot taken with a cellphone camera through this scope.  Almost looks like the camera's sensor was on fire...