I’d known about the partial solar eclipse a few weeks prior to the event so had planned where I wanted to shoot the event from using the PhotoPills app on my iPhone. Based on the information from the app, I knew if I positioned myself at Bude lock gates and faced inland, I could capture the partial eclipse occurring over Bude Canal.
Luckily enough, the South West was one of the best places in the UK to view the solar eclipse with almost perfect conditions over most of the region, with only a slight haze which made the sky a little ‘mushy’.
I set up my camera on a stable tripod and took a couple of exposures for the foreground. I then used a Big Stopper (10 stop filter) from Lee Filters to allow the camera to expose for the bright sun and set the interval timer to take a shot every 2 minutes, starting 5 mins before the moon first aligned with the sun and finishing approximately 2 hours later, 5 minutes after the moon passed the suns alignment with the earth.
In post-processing, I aligned the exposures in a stack to show the different phases of the solar eclipse. I decided to only use every third sun exposure so the final composite image shows an exposure of the sun taken every 6 minutes.
The next partial solar eclipse in the UK won’t occur until 2026, so in the meantime I hope this image gives you an illustration of what occurred during the 2015 solar eclipse in Bude, Cornwall.