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wasoxygen  ·  1304 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I chased the solar eclipse, got these pics

I guess there's no mystery then, the moon was in front of the sun, but the exposed solar edge was bright enough to dazzle your camera and provide apparent daylight. The lesson is that we should not compare 100% sun to 2% sun, we should compare 2% sun to 0% sun.

I took a test photo directly at the sun just now using the front camera of my iPhone 5s and compared the exposure settings to your image.

  flagamuffin
  iPhone 6
  Software 8.2
  ISO 32
  Exposure Mode Auto
  Exposure Program Program Normal
  Metering Mode Multi-segment
  Exposure Time 33333/1000000 (0.0333)
  FNumber F2.2
  Focal Length 2.65 mm

  wasoxygen
  iPhone 5s
  Software 8.1.3
  ISO 50
  Exposure Mode Auto
  Exposure Program Program Normal
  Metering Mode Multi-segment
  Exposure Time 187/1000000 (0.000187)
  FNumber F2.4
  Focal Length 2.15 mm
Despite shooting through a dirty office window, my exposure was over a hundred times shorter than yours, suggesting a much brighter sun.



flagamuffin  ·  1304 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow!

My immediate thought was simply that the 2% was so much light still that it overrode eclipse. And it did. Nonetheless surprising when you're standing there.