How Columbia Missourian photojournalist captured solar eclipse images

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 8:01 p.m. CDT; updated 8:17 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 21, 2012
The Central Missouri Astronomical Association hosted a public viewing Sunday of the partial solar eclipse at Laws Observatory on the roof of the MU Physics Building.

Former staff photographer Parker Miles Blohm wrote this article about his experience photographing Sunday's solar eclipse.

Sunday night was my last night working as a staff photographer for the Missourian, and I was excited to photograph the solar eclipse. Columbia has had some interesting astronomical events during the past month, including the "supermoon" on May 5. I enjoyed photographing the moon at its largest I had ever seen, so I was looking forward to another night shooting a rare astronomical event.

I arrived an hour early before the eclipse was most visible to photograph some of the families and guests around the Laws Observatory at MU's Physics Building. That allowed me the chance to scope out the venue and find the best spots for capturing the sunset. 

I was sure to bring a variety of lenses to the observatory to capture both the eclipse up close and a wider view of Columbia. To photograph the eclipse itself, I brought a telephoto lens with an extender, which allowed me to get as close as I could to capture the eclipse before sunset.

Getting as high up as possible also allowed me to photograph the sun without any obstructions in the way. I only had a couple minutes before the sun was gone, so every minute counted.

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