Solar eclipse

Home Forums Photography Q&A Solar eclipse

This topic contains 22 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  Ezra Morley 1 month ago.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 23 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #24297

    Vince Lewis
    Participant

    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!!!

    #24387

    Ezra Morley
    Participant

    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…

    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/how-to-photograph-a-solar-eclipse.html

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-solutions/how-photograph-solar-eclipse

    #24450

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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!

    #24633

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    So, here’s are my thoughts on how I’ve been preparing for the eclipse:
     
    https://lenspiration.com/video/prepare-eclipse/

    #24639

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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?

    #24659

    Dan Cope
    Participant

    I’d love to! But unfortunately I’ll be flying home from South Dakota that day πŸ™

    #24661

    Vince Lewis
    Participant

    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….

    #24724

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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…

    #24782

    Vince Lewis
    Participant

    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.)

    #24907

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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?

    #25012

    Jamie Parfitt
    Participant

    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. πŸ™‚

    #25017

    Vince Lewis
    Participant

    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.

    #25019

    Jamie Parfitt
    Participant

    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. πŸ™‚ 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.

    #25025

    Marry Anderson
    Participant

    I wish you good luck on doing it, i suppose shooting eclipse is an amazing feeling

    #25053

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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).

    https://lenspiration.com/video/qaonstage/

    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. πŸ™‚

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 23 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Would you like to participate?

Join for FREE!

Pin It on Pinterest