Turkish Totality

Here are just some of the photos I took at Zile, Turkey of the total solar eclipse on 11 August 1999.
All images are copyright 1999 André Mostert.

Diamond Ring
The diamond ring, moments before totality sets in.
1/50s, 640mm f/5.6, Velvia

The onset of totality. Where the photosphere (bright part of the sun) was moments ago, the chromosphere is now visible. Also, there are many bright coloured spots called prominences visible. The one on the right-hand side is completely detached!
1/800s, 640mm f/5.6, Velvia

Wide Angle
A wide-angle shot during totality. That bright blob is actually the corona around the eclipsed sun. Since it is a wide-angle shot with long exposure you can't really see the black shadow in the middle. Also, the sky looks blue but it actually was dark enought to see Venus, Mercury and some stars.
Exposure unknown (probably about 2 or 4s), 24mm f/2.8, Superia 100

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