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Total solar eclipse of 01-Aug-2008 as seen from 沁城(Qincheng), Xinjiang, China. My good G9 had broken (thank goodness for the warranty, but I didn't have the opportunity to use it until I got back home) but I managed to capture this using a cheap compact automatic camera, the A470, enabling the flash but taping it over to get a faster shutter speed than the dumb automatic interface would have otherwise let you, and holding the G9 teleconverter lens in front of the A470 lens and fooling the focus by half-pressing it before placing the lens over.

(Yes, in the hours leading upto this shot I sat around practising fooling a cheap automatic camera's sensors to control the aperture, focus and shutter speed using tape, flashlights, paper and other things. I must have looked like a fool taking pictures with that camera.)

The green patch in the top right is a result of some of the light from the flash still getting through.

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