Capturing the Elusive Analemma

This image, taken from Visakhapatnam (17 40 N 083 17 E), is possibly the first recording of the Analemma of the Sun ever captured in India. It combines a sequence of 26 individual photographs taken from 24 March 2013 to 13 March 2014. Superimposed over each other, they demonstrate the movements of the sun through the sky over a full calendar year. Click on the image for a larger view.

Analemma of the Sun

Analemma of the Sun

I photographed this sequence using a Nikon D40x camera and a variable ND filter, adjusting filter density, shutter speed and aperture settings at each instance to captureĀ  only the sun’s disc, leaving the rest of the frame completely black. The final image combines all 26 exposures with a background shot I took later.

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Analemma of the Sun

I recently read that to date, Mount Everest has been scaled 1924 times.

Compare this figure to the number of people who have successfully captured the Analemma of the Sun. Any guesses? 1000, maybe 500? Nowhere even close. According to the founder of this website, in the entire history of mankind, not more than 20 people have managed to get it right.

This is the first ever photograph that successfully captured the Analemma. It was taken over a period of one year by Dennis di Cicco in 1978.

First ever recorded Analemma, Dennis di Cicco

First ever recorded Analemma, Dennis di Cicco

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