Timelapse from the Eclipse

Written by: Kimberlee Model, posted: 2024-04-13. Tags: I Made a Thing, Photography.

I did a timelapse from the eclipse this past monday (2024-04-08).

A timelapse video from my apartment window during the eclipse

The eclipse started at 14:08pm EDT, was at "maximum eclipseyness" at 15:23, and it ended at 16:35, and I tried to get approxmately 5min before and after. I took one photo approximately every five minutes. Unfortunately, my camera decided to run out of battery for the 15:18 exposure, so that one is actually 15:12 with 15:23 overlayed at 50% transparency.

The brightness, or rather darkness shown is somewhat fake. The camera's sensitivity was set at f/4.5, 1/1000s, and ISO100, and wasn't changed for any of the timelapse exposures. Ordinarily one would adjust one of those settings to the appropriate amount of light, just as our eyeballs do. I took a photo at 15:29, calibrated to the brightness that my eyeballs saw (f/4.5, 1/100s, and ISO100, so 10x more light).

View out of my apartment at 15:29 during the eclipse, with 10x more light than shown in the timelapse
Note that if you open up the exif data from the photo, it's wrong. The clock in my camera is off by 29 min.