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April 8, 2024, Sun spots and progression of eclipse from first contact

April 12, 2024

The following photos were taken with the solar filter, a 20 stop image filter. I had to manually focus my camera to infinity before I put on the solar filter and turn off auto focus on the 1200mm telephoto lens and turn off auto focus on the camera. The camera still tried to auto focus at times, goodness knows why.

Sun spots are clearly visible on some photos and not so much on others.

I am anxious to see how this 20 stop filter works on flowing water, rain, snow and blowing cloud.

Sun spots and progression of eclipse from first contact

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April 8, 2024 Solar flares and diamond rings during total solar ecllpse

April 10, 2024

April 8, 2024 Solar flares and diamond rings during total solar eclipse

This is my second and likely last total solar eclipse. There is no opportunity to practise or learn from previous experience. Everything I did as a photographer was a best guess.

Solar flares and diamond rings
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Apr 8, 2024 – Total Solar Eclipse in Cape North, Prince Edward Island, Canada

April 10, 2024

Apr 8, 2024 – Total Solar Eclipse in Cape North, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Laura and I drove to Cape North, Prince Edward Island, to view the total solar eclipse. It was a long day. We arrived at Cape North about three hours before the eclipse and the parking lot was already full. We searched the area unsuccessfully for a better location but returned to the Cape North interpretive centre (wind turbine farm) and parked beside the road. Some folks were sleeping in their cars, a testament to the length of their drive. The weather was excellent except for the gusty winds which played havoc with my video shooting. At the total eclipse a wisp of thin cloud passed over the sun but this did not deter from the experience. This was Laura's first total solar eclipse and my second.
This video is a rough start. I will upload more video from different angles and photo captures from the video, so stay tuned.
April 8, 2024 — Total Solar Eclipse —Cape North, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Max View in Seacow Pond, Prince Edward Island
Global Event: Total Solar Eclipse
Local Type: Total Solar Eclipse in Seacow Pond, Prince Edward Island
Began: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 3:27 pm
Maximum: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 4:37 pm 1.022 Magnitude
Ended: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 5:43 pm
Duration: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Totality: 3 minutes, 14 seconds


2024-04-08 Eclipse

Diving Birds

March 17, 2024

Most of our diving birds, ducks, loons and scoters can be photographed from shore. The problem as always is finding a safe place to park adjacent to the target birds.

Common Goldeneye

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Common Loon

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Long-tailed Duck

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Surf Scoter

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Long-tailed Duck

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Thick-billed Murre

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Multi Ocean, a Utility Ship From Norway

March 17, 2024

This unusual, for me, utility ship, the Multi Ocean is visiting from Norway. It can be seen at Sambro Harbour.

Multi Ocean

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Vessel details

MULTI OCEAN (IMO: 9923671) is a Utility Vessel that was built in 2021 and is sailing under the flag of Norway.

Her length overall (LOA) is 16 meters and her width is 9 meters.

IMO: 9923671
Vessel Type – Generic: Cargo
Vessel Type – Detailed: Utility Vessel
Navigational Status: Active
MMSI: 258013330
Call Sign: LGOP
Flag: Norway [NO]
Gross Tonnage: 114
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 16 x 9 m
Year Built: 2021

Oceanside Surf

March 17, 2024

There is a stretch of shoreline from the Fisheries Research Station at the end of Sandy Cove Road to Inner Sambro Island that is prone to spectacular surf when the wind is right. This stretch of shoreline is usually protected by Sambro Island but when the gales switch to north north-east this place is worth a visit.

Oceanside Surf

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The Angry Sea

March 04, 2024

There was yet another gale along our coast in eastern Nova Scotia last week. The trick as always is to take photos in the wind and rain without ruining one's camera. The bold claims made by manufacturers; Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, et al, about being water proof, does you no good when your expensive camera is destroyed by mold. Take care.

The Angry Sea

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Surf Scoter

February 28, 2024

I was lucky enough to find these Surf Scoters close enough to shore to photograph however definition is seriously lacking due to hand holding my 1200mm lens and camera coupled with the excitement of the opportunity.

Surf Scoter

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Some Winter Scenes

February 24, 2024

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Ordinary Things Seen in a Different Light

February 19, 2024

A container ship becomes a work of art if seen from a different perspective.

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Red-shouldered Hawk

February 18, 2024

The "runway model" hawk, the Red-shouldered Hawk, posed for me in good frontal light and minimal focus trashing branches. It sat intelligently facing the warming sun with its back protected from the wind by the forest. How smart? Any small mammal running across the field it faced is an easy target for this patient hawk.

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Turkey Vulture

February 13, 2024

I rounded the curve just outside of Sambro heading towards Grand Lake when I spotted a Turkey Vulture in display mode. I don't often see this and even when I do see them in display being close enough for decent photographs is rare.

Someone had tossed a dozen or so fish onto the ice so a feast was to be had for two Turkey Vultures, five Bald Eagles and bunches of gulls, ravens and crows.

Turkey Vulture

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After a Snow Day in Nova Scotia

February 05, 2024

I toured the Sambro loop in search of winter photos. It was a pleasant day and the light was excellent. While I type this another three day winter storm has just visited Nova Scotia, depositing up to 150cm of snow in the north of the province to 50cm-ish of snow in much of the rest of the province. To add to this weather event the snow was blown around by 60-80 kph winds creating lofty drifts in some locations. I will venture forth tomorrow to capture some photos of this latest weather event.

After a Snow Day in Nova Scotia

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Diving Birds of Nova Scotia

February 05, 2024

During my recent circuit of the Sambro Loop I photographed a few diving birds. They are usually far off shore so the images require severe editing and enlarging. Sometimes one is in the right place as they surface and the photographer is not spotted. Nova Scotia diving birds are wary due to the Nova Scotia habit of killing them for sport. I never understood the need to kill diving birds since their flesh is necessarily fishy tasting and not in a pleasant way so I have been told.


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Common Goldeneye

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Red-breasted Merganser

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Red-necked Grebe

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Sandhill Cranes

January 21, 2024

I photographed these Sandhill Cranes a couple of days ago west of Kentville. These cranes are very late but appear to be adjusting well to the cold weather as long as the corn continues to be easy to reach.

I had an opportunity to catch the three cranes flying as they passed low over my car but alas my lens had too much power and there was no time to change lenses. It is easy to understand why some photographers have two cameras at the ready.

Sandhill Cranes

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