Congratulations to Wayne Sheridan for being chosen as the Grand Prize Winner in the St Louis Post Dispatch Eclipse Photo Contest. Link to StlPD article
Wayne’s image was chosen as the Best of the Best out of 900 images. Carolyn Schleuter alerted me to Wayne’s win and I sent him an email asking if I could post his image on the blog. He graciously said yes. I also asked him about where he took the image and equipment and settings. Here is his reply.
Hi Bill, sure. I went to my moms house in Millstadt, Il. Because in St Charles we weren’t quite in the totality path. I made a filter from a thin ND sheet i bought on eBay and superglued it onto an old UV filter. I was really not expecting too much just wanted to enjoy it with wife and mom. I mounted the filter on my 40-150mm Olympus Zoom with a 1.4 extender and tried to capture the diamond ring. I used the old trick of stopping down the f stop to f22 to increase diffraction artifacts and got a real nice star effect. Lucky! It was a wonderful experience just observing the eclipse. Hope all is well with you and yours!
Wayne, who refers to himself as a ‘persistent photographer’ has shown himself to be quite ingenious developing the improvised filter as well as a talented photographer.
Join me in congratulating Wayne on his well deserved award.
(used with Wayne’s permission)