When I woke up at 5am and looked toward the Eastern horizon, I was disappointed to see nothing but clouds. However, around 6am, (4:00 UTC), the clouds began to thin. By a stroke of luck, a large gap in the clouds passed overhead and provided an almost entirely unobstructed view of the sun for about 15 minutes. I had everything set up, so I was able to get a few good shots. I’m quite pleased with this one.
I captured this image using a Nikon D800 with a Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 ƒ2.8 VR lens, a TC-17E II teleconverter, and three neutral density filters (B+W 1000X, Hoya ND x8, and Hoya ND x4). I used three filters because I wasn’t thinking clearly, and had the aperture wide open.
Michael A. Lowry