Okay first the confession, I had no plan to wake up the see the eclipse, none what so ever!
Being given the responsibility of waking near and dear ones the alarm went off at 6 am, guess things were mid-way by then. Yes I know I woke up late! Anyhow without my ultra dark glasses by my side and everyone telling me to take a photograph I reluctantly got the 20D with 400mm out (did not want the risk the 5D). Some where in the back of my head I had the vision of the magnifying glass burning my eye etc etc.
So how was I supposed to take the shot without looking through the camera?
Then it dawned me .. the Depth of Field preview! That tiny little button that you can press with your left had, bringing in the Aperture leaves together restricting light to a tiny pin hole at F40! With the light down and being able to see what I was shooting without going blind I was able to take more than the usual arc in the sky.
It took me a good five minutes of shooting without looking and other tricks before I remembered the DOF preview button but we wont talk about that!