PICTURE SPECIAL: Partial eclipse photographers from in and around Northamptonshire share their pictures and tips

A huge number of photographers pointed their lenses at the sky today to capture spectacular images of the partial solar eclipse.

This morning the moon passed across the surface of the sun with the weather conditions over the region allowing great views for spectators.

Freelance photographer David Jackson said: “I didn’t really think we’d get to see the eclipse in Northampton because of the cloud cover this morning.

“However, the sun started to break through just at the right time.

“The sky was very pale and white, but with a little bit of RAW editing you can bring some interesting colours out.

“It was really just a case of playing around with a few settings and seeing what worked best.

“Obviously under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t think about pointing a camera directly at the sun, but it was gloomy enough to work in my favour.”

Ross Hockham, an amateur astronomer who runs the free UK Astronomy group on Facebook, said, despite a small amount of cloud at first, his £500 12” dobsonian telescope did him proud. The shots were actually taken on his iPhone.

He said: “As the moon covered the sun the fields around me dimmed and suddenly it got pretty chilly.

“As I viewed the eclipse with a homemade filter using certified film bought online and a cardboard box, I was approached by interested locals who I encouraged to view the site with me.

“We saw the whole thing in crystal clarity just going to prove that a true beginner can still get fantastic shots without breaking the bank.”

I didn’t really think we’d get to see the eclipse in Northampton because of the cloud cover this morning.

David Jackson