This is my 1 year long exposure of the sun rising and setting each day. This is solar astrophotography at its most basic, photography at its most basic and its most dramatic. What better way top represent the tilt of the Earth through the year and causing the seasons.

With this image, you are in it for the long game, or as long as you want really dependant on what results you want. I must admit when I first put this up last July 2020, I was tempted to take down after a few weeks to have a look –  I’m glad I waited. Taken using a Solarcan, a 1 year exposure using a pinhole camera up on the roof facing south, exposed to the elements, the sun burning into the light sensitive film to create a path across the sky. Burning a path at least when its not cloudy, which you can see happening in the image when there are gaps in the light. The sun rising in the east and setting in the west, highest in the sky at midday as so dramatically shown on each line on the curve.

Solarcan 1 year exposure

Once you are ready to process, cover up the pinhole, retrieve the photographic film inside (in a darkened room), scan the image once (otherwise you’ll completely wash out your hard work of one year!), invert and adjust to suit. It really is that simple. The hardest part is deciding on the colours for your final image. The Solarcan is a simple and great idea which can give anybody stunning results. Looking forward the the next one.

Trying for different colours for processing
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Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

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