Hi everyone, this is my first post here, so I hope I'm doing it correctly. I'd like to submit the following pictures to the APOD.
I've been thinking about traveling to see today's solar eclipse for about a year. How often can we see an eclipse ongoing at sunrise? This might be a once in a lifetime event, and I did not want to miss it. So I traveled to Raleigh, NC 2 days before the eclipse, so that I could drive to anywhere on the East cost where the weather would be good. The weather forecast was pretty for Cape Hatteras, and this was my favorite spot, so I went there. The last 12 hours were definitely a nails biting experience, hopping that the clouds would leave soon enough and leave a clear Eastern horizon.
At 6.26am, the sunrise was blocked by a layer of clouds, but after a couple of minutes, the sun emerged from the clouds and its light was still filtered enough to take pictures without a filter. The two or three minutes during which the eclipse was visible without a filter went by in a flash, but they will stay in my memory for ever.
In the foreground, Frisco's fishing pier (badly damaged by hurricane Earl in 2010) gives a post-apocalyptic atmosphere to the pictures. However, the seagulls did not seem to be much impressed by the spectacle.
Canon Rebel XT - 105mm - f/10 - 1/320sec
Link to the full resolution: http://imageshack.us/a/img854/4438/k2m0.jpg
Orion ED80CFT / Canon T2i:
Link to the full resolution: http://imageshack.us/a/img543/8274/aw0d.jpg
Full resolution: http://imageshack.us/a/img843/7417/gbit.jpg
I've also noticed, from ~40 to 20 minutes before the sunrise, a very long shadow (kind of the same as high-altitude clouds or high mountain). Could this be the shadow of the eclipse projected in the atmosphere? It seems to me it lasted way too long (and occurred way too long before sunrise) to be caused by some high altitude clouds.
I've included 4 images below:
Thank you for your consideration.