14 November 2012
We awoke at 5 o’clock this morning to prepare for an experience of a lifetime; viewing a total solar eclipse. I looked outside and noticed there was quite a lot of heavy cloud around and it was raining lightly. Not a good start for the eclipse which was due to reach totality at 6:38 am.
By about 5:45 the rain had stopped and the cloud cover was thinning slightly so I proceeded to set up my video camera and dSLR on the roof of our house. We had contemplated traveling to a high vantage point, but with somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 visitors in Cairns for the event and all the locals out and about we decided it wasn’t worth risking the roads.
As it happened, there were plenty of breaks in the cloud cover and I managed to capture most of the shots I had hoped to get. My greatest problem turned out that I couldn’t see the camera settings during totality, causing me to miss a few shots while I fumbled and adjusted settings blindly. Next time I must remember to take a torch.