July 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm #24297
On August 21, parts of the North American continent (mainly the U.S.) will experience the awesome wonders of God’s creation in an extremely rare total solar eclipse. Some believe this may be one of the most photographed events in history. How about some words of wisdom on shooting this incredible event!!!July 11, 2017 at 5:11 pm #24387
I’m not particularly “wise” about shooting eclipses, since I’ve only photographed on partial one, but you can read about my attempt here:
Here are some articles that deal with it in detail…July 15, 2017 at 10:04 am #24450
Wow! This sounds exciting! Someone was talking to me about this the other day and it made me curious, so when I saw your “call to action” here @vince, I started to get excited about it!
Like @buddingphotographer, I don’t have any experience with photographing eclipses–YET!–but we can at least get the ball rolling in today’s webinar by looking over some tips and step by step instructions on how to start preparing for it, and then we can keep this thread alive as we prepare for and capture this epic event for ourselves!July 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm #24633
So, here’s are my thoughts on how I’ve been preparing for the eclipse:
July 20, 2017 at 12:57 pm #24639
You know, I’ve really been thinking about this event a lot…might any one here on the forums actually be interested in traveling down to an area where the sun will be 100% eclipsed?
Here in northern WV, it will only be about 80%. I’m seriously thinking about traveling further south to see it at 100%. Would anyone be interested in carpooling down for a quick, two-day photography field trip just for the fun of it?
Suggestions? Comments?July 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm #24659
I’d love to! But unfortunately I’ll be flying home from South Dakota that day 🙁July 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm #24661
IMHO: James, since the shortest distance to a line, (i.e. path of the viewing area) is a perpendicular line, Knoxville is about the closest spot to get to the edge of the viewing area from your location. Also, it may be just as easy for someone to meet you en route and share the cost of a room. Or, one of the members might actually live in that area and be willing to put you up for a night or two. Just thinking….July 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm #24724
Ok, so I know folks in Knoxville, TN and Andrews, NC that we might be able to stay with. I think the only expense than would be travel there/back…July 26, 2017 at 9:36 am #24782
Please allow me to refine my statement about the path of the eclipse. It appears that Knoxville may be just outside the prime viewing area by about 10 miles. So, heading further south from there, a minimum of 10 miles, should give a better view. For more accurate information from NASA, go to the following site: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-maps. That should allow you to see good detail on all viewing options across the US. (As always, look for the .gov address in any link to be sure you are getting official albeit accurate eclipse information.)August 1, 2017 at 11:44 am #24907
Ok, so I know of 4 people now who are interested in carpooling down from north central West Virginia to Andrews North Carolina! Anyone else like to come before I start making more detailed plans?August 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm #25012
How do we find out what bracketing is? We are planning to go to Fairview, Kentucky, that day. We still have to buy a zoom lens and we only have one week! But we have our safety glasses. 🙂August 12, 2017 at 11:26 am #25017
As I know it: “Taking a number of exposures of the same scene at different EV settings to ensure one is correctly exposed”. Also, software within the camera itself or editing software can create a more vibrant picture by filling in missing portions of the dynamic light range by pulling from the other pictures.August 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm #25019
Thank you for that answer. We will have to learn as we go. Just a mom and some teenagers on an adventure! The Parfitts are heading to view the eclipse at a hill just outside of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Still searching for a filter. We just ordered a Canon 70-300 IS II USM. So we will be able to tell you what we liked or didn’t like about having the “II” in the name. 🙂 We decided not to get an L lens just yet. Once our budding photographer is out of school, perhaps she will work for a fee doing weddings and such, and then we will consider an L lens. Right now she is experimenting with using my smartphone as a shutter release on our Canon 80D.August 13, 2017 at 7:08 pm #25025
I wish you good luck on doing it, i suppose shooting eclipse is an amazing feelingAugust 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm #25053
How do we find out what bracketing is?
Great question, @momparfitt! I mentioned it in the video and transcript of the following PRO-exclusive video (if you’d like me to talk more about it, feel free to start a discussion on the Q&A forum).
Are you going to be traveling to KY before Monday? I was planning on driving down to North Carolina on Sunday, but the advice I’m getting from folks is to actually come down on Saturday, the traffic is estimated to be so bad. 🙂
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