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Clouds Time-lapse during the Solar Eclipse
Duration: 0:30 Copyright © 2009 TV SMITH
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Music: Awakening by Nery Bauer (licensed) (in hi-fi stereo)
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As I was busy photographing the solar eclipse of 26th January 2009 (first day of Chinese New Year), I had my Panasonic Lumix LX3 on a tripod recording video. I wanted to capture the light change and its visual impact on the sky and surroundings. To be able to record for at least four hours continuously, I used a Toshiba 32 gig SDHC card and a special external battery rig. Even with the high capacity card, I was forced to record on WVGA SD instead of HD. HD eats up 32 gig in 2 hours 50 minutes while WVGA can go for 5 hours 8 minutes on the LX-3. The 32 gig card can store over 7000 10-megapixel still pictures though!

At the height of the eclipse, the moon partially concealed the sun to form a truly beautiful crescent. See my photo of the eclipse here. What was even more fascinating was that no one else in the crowded Titiwangsa park seemed to realise a rare eclipse was taking place. Lovey-dovey couples around me were busy feeding each other peanuts while parents had their hands full trying to prevent their kids from jumping into the lake. It was a very hot day. During the peak of the eclipse, the air turned cooler and birds can be seen flying confused. Since it was a partial eclipse, the sky and the surroundings slightly darkened for a brief moment, like clouds concealing the sun. (Around 0:15 to 0:18 on the video timeline).

The four hours plus footage was accelerated to under 20 seconds with Thomson Grass Valley's (Canopus) Edius 5 NLE to form the final time-lapse sequence.

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