At 9:30 this morning, several of the special collections team took an early morning break, found a sunny patch of grass and experienced the solar eclipse; which reached about 95% of maximum in St Andrews. We had great viewing with only a few, wispy clouds in the sky; thankfully none of these were near the centre of attention.
The innovative staff had come up with several ways to view the spectacle, including a stack of photographic negatives …
…the hallmark bright orange solar viewing glasses…
…and versions on the pin-hole camera projecting the light on to a bit of card.
Giving us all a further lesson in optics, we found that the sprocket holes on 35 mm film also acted as a lens and focus the eclipse as well.
And to top it all off, on our walk back to the offices we noticed the rays of light coming through the trees was also being focused on the adjacent building.
Photographic Research and