2010 EASTER ISLAND ECLIPSE




nice title!
showing the wropes to my new night student photographer
OLD CAMP
PEOPLE ENTERED BACKWARD IN THOSE SMALL CAMPS TO WATCH OUT FOR SPIRITS
BIG MAMA TURTLE!
ARE WE IN THE GALAPAGOS REGION?
BIG MAMA TURTLE 2
NOT A SMALL ONE!
CHURCH STATUES
EVEN THE CHURCHE'S STATUES LOOK LIKE MOAIS
EASTER ISLAND MOAI
SOME CAN WEIGH AS MUCH AS 70 TONS!
Moais
MOAI
THE ONLY ONE WITH EYES




no they're not hats
they are the hair made out of red volcanic rocks


the famous 15!




one taking a nap!


won't fall soon!
still has the whole body underground!
fisheye view
each one represent a king
Julie fell in love




milky way and Moai
wanted to do some with the 15 Moais, but there whrere some guards at night!
the famous Tongariki Moais
near the quarry
the eclipse will start over there
listen,,,,dodadoo do you want to know a secret...dodadoo
even the Moais wanted to see the eclipse




a lot of them are face down
because of wars and even a tsunami
many are burred up to their necks


180 to 200 tons
the biggest Moai, still lying in the ground unfinished
from the front
5 story high, the head at 21 feet


near the quarry of red stones


magnetic roc
move the compass and the needle moves


Hey the eclipse's starting
guy on a bike with a telescope...hmmm...at the airport!
setting up for the eclipse
had to move 5 times by the guards till I found a spot further than wished for
WATCHING THE PARTIAL PHASES
EVERYBODY WEARING THE SPECIAL SOLAR GLASSES
CRESCENTS PROJECTIONS
SIGN WITH HOLES PROJECTING ON A WHITE SHEET SHOWING SOLAR CRESCENTS
MOAI GUARD
WE CAN ALSO PROJECT THEM ON FACES
MY MONA LISA!
HER SMILE WENT THROUGH MY HEART!
PARTIAL PHASES
AND IN THE FACE OF SABRINA MY PERSONAL GUIDE FOR THE DAY!
partial phases
one hour for those phases




diamond ring
filters off!
totality with Moais
closer would have been astonishing!
all sky picture
220 X 360 degrees coverage show the shadow cone in the center and the horizon outside the cone! Complete with me and the Tongariki Moais
different exposures of totality




sun's magnetic field seen
by increasing the time exposure
my first earthshine
we can see the lunar craters lit by the light bounced back from earth in this over exposed shot
3rd contact or 2nd diamond ring
a few prominences
shadow bands in the clouds
small vertical black lines in the clouds: a great premier in eclipse photography
diamond ring and atmospheric corona
we can see a yellow corona around the diamond ring
last picture before putting back the solar filters
partial phases
about another hour








happy guy
post eclipse
happy guy who has astonishing confidence in his camera strap!
16 Moais???
they added one more for the eclipse!
arm hair shadow
right after the diamond ring, we can actually see individual hair shadows on the white sheet. Cannot be done when the sun is full
cool souvenirs
but not the most unusual
want to bring him back!
Rapa Nui birdman
flashlight writings
a UFO
probably a shooting star going in our direction...or E.T.'s spaceship vaporizing in our atmosphere
stunning
...and the volcano is not bad either
long exposure at night
poor soil mountain
local dancers
during our last days
we're leaving soon...snif, snif!
after that, some of us went to the Atacama dessert in the north part of Chile
not only traffic lights
they also have UV ray lights
star gazing night in San Pedro De Atacama
after 1 week on the island we went to the Atacama desert in the north part of Chile to see the stars, the VLT observatory, geysers, moon valley...
1972, they had rain after 400 years without any!
vulture waiting for lunch
copper train
Chile is the first producer of copper in the world... (30%)
strange reddish nebulae?
nobody could identify it!
tree nebulae
increasing the exposure...bingo
Magellanic clouds
doesn't mean it's gonna rain!
milkyway going to sleep!
so many stars
looks like the greay barrier reef
by painting with my red light, I could change the color of the trees to give that underwater effect!
most of the people did observations only
me, I wanted to try my D3s in the dark because where I live, in june, there's no dark skies!
4 sec exposure and it comes out like in books
milky way with my 28mm
F-18 flying by
F-18 in formation
few museum visits
they have incredible rocks!
with tiny fish stuck in there!
160 million year old Rorschach test
psychiatry tests with ink drawings...what do you see?
even a Easter island shaped rock!
geysers at 14 000 ft
here, oxygen is rare
sunrise over geysers
at 14 000 ft, they are the highest in the world
colorfull bacteria painting!
an old faithfull
went up to 16-17 ft!


moon valley
because it resembles it strangely
Huston, the eagle has landed
in the front, we see 3 Virgin Maries. but in the back, I could see a big bird!
his royal highness
the sun going down, the shadows are very long!
NASA practices here
it ressembles the moon a lot
lady scratching her chin
a dream come true for David...
he's on the moon!
we can see the sediments
don't catch it
forbitten to throw garbage in the waste container?


Neil Armstrong tried with a running shoe...
it's one footstep...no, no, no it's one small step...yeah ...that's better...
you would think we're above clouds
but it's just fog
4 X 4, automatic transmission, antilock brakes,
AM/FM radio, 200 mpg!!!
a vicuna
10 times thinner than sheep's whool, that whool is very expensive. A scarf is $ 1000.00!
the famous viscacha
1/2 rabbit, 1/2 kangaroo, he jumps like a kangaroo and is very wild








lamas
windy
nice hair due....
new style... hair on the side
our host
for a traditional lunch
very photogenic
with dad
impressive truck factory
20 million $ for the big one in the back
you talking to me?
awsome jack
not very portable
20 000 $ for one tire
4 seasons, winter with studs?...add a small fee
I'm ok...I'm good
the engine
where are we going now?
VLT observatory
VLT telescopes
very large telescopes. four 24ft mirrors that can be plugged together giving enough power to see a man (or a woman) on the Moon!
earthquake sensor indicator
the martians are coming!
highly-trained-calm operators at the control!
the temp is not the same!
found the remote for the scopes!
hey ...the floor's moving!
diamond ring
there's some dust on the sec mirror
astronomers residence
in case of rain, they put sand bags to prevent water intake in the residence
inside the dome
big illuminated dome during the day and at night , theres a Montreal olympic stadium canvas (that works...) to cover the dome and prevents lights from getting out!
we can see the canvas in the center!


nice vue from here!
I felt full of energy after that visit!
i felt strong enough to lift that big rock!
and I did!
small bird








flamingo








too close!
but we can see his feathers!
barely made it!
just a tad of sky between his nose and the edge of the picture!


eclipse chassers...arrrhhh
fan club following us
famous rock with a hole


capricorn tropic
at about 23 degrees latitude, this is a marker for closest spot on earth to the sun in December
T-SHIRT CLOSE-UP
can't see anything is in memory of a lady in Guadelouppe in 98 who refused to take off her solar glasses during totality...she missed the whole show!
would be a nice tattoo