I just got back from the river front park near Jiangzicui to take photos of the eclipse. I started out with a healthy McDonalds breakfast. The skies were touch and go. The west was very clear but the east, where the sun was rising, it was pretty cloudy. I even felt a few raindrops as I walked toward the 華江 bridge.
I was a little discouraged at this point as it took some will power to get out of the house so early in the morning. It was pretty cloudy although the sun was peeking through a few holes in the clouds. I think Neihu might have had some good visibility. Based on my perspective.
At about 6:05, 5 minutes before the 'maximum' of the eclipse a hole miraculously opens and some light appears. It was still shaded at my spot where the three rivers met. But further down toward the Xinzhuang/Sanzhong side I could see pure sunlight on the pillars and supports of the bridge. The light slowly made its way toward my location.
My first shot of the eclipse and a lucky one. I used an old Canon TX-1 which comes with 40x digital zoom. Keeping it steady and finding the sun was difficult. I took a couple of quick glances at the sun with my bare eyes, but it was much too bright to even contemplate staring at. The shadows actually were beneficial because a few times the clouds opened up and the naked sun illuminated my screen. However my camera was unable to take any pictures of that.
A few more:
All in all it was a pretty fun experience. Even if there was no eclipse the riverfront looked beautiful at that time of the morning. There were majestic billowy clouds over the Bali area and occasional rays of light illuminated the Grand Hotel and parts of Yangming Shan. I talked to a few other people who were taking photos but mostly it was old people and cyclists exercising. A few people stopped and didn't seem to realize what was going on.
Oh, and that advice about taking it from the Guting area was probably bad because that part of Taipei was cloudy for most of the eclipse.