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07/18/2017 03:28:13 PM · #1
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I suppose this has a somewhat limited audience for a challenge topic. I might be shooting clouds anyway. If clear skies, I have my Shade 14 filter.
07/18/2017 03:32:10 PM · #2
Good luck. Too far for me to see it well.
07/18/2017 04:57:11 PM · #3
We're going camping at Hiawassee, Ga...fingers crossed for good weather!! Anyone else gonna be near us?
07/18/2017 04:59:46 PM · #4
Originally posted by Ja-9:

We're going camping at Hiawassee, Ga...fingers crossed for good weather!! Anyone else gonna be near us?


ETA: any information about what to get for my camera lens would be appreciated...
07/18/2017 05:10:49 PM · #5
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

We're going camping at Hiawassee, Ga...fingers crossed for good weather!! Anyone else gonna be near us?


ETA: any information about what to get for my camera lens would be appreciated...

Sounds like fun! :-)

I've seen several articles recently about gear for taking solar eclipse photos. Good luck!
07/18/2017 06:08:10 PM · #6
Originally posted by Ja-9:

ETA: any information about what to get for my camera lens would be appreciated...

During totality you don't need or want anything unusual. But at any point other than complete totality you need a solar filter. I contrived one out of a piece of high-density film from an offset print shop (see set-ups in linked gallery). If you can't find anything else I might be able to find a piece and send it to you.

Solar Eclipse 2012
07/18/2017 08:34:15 PM · #7
I'll be watching from my backyard...so psyched!
07/18/2017 08:43:35 PM · #8

Bunch of Solar Filters at B&H.

Lead article on Outdoor Photographer magazine - How to Photograph a
Solar Eclipse
07/19/2017 12:00:46 PM · #9
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Bunch of Solar Filters at B&H.

Lead article on Outdoor Photographer magazine - How to Photograph a
Solar Eclipse


Thank you Barry...I'll look into it...which do you think would be better - screw on vs holding the film to the lens?
07/20/2017 01:18:46 AM · #10
Charlie Pellerin author of 'How NASA Builds Teams' has developed a free ap to track the eclipse. You can download the app from the app store simply by searching for "Totality by Big Kid Science,"
07/20/2017 08:56:54 AM · #11
Progress, so far. I'll drive 250 miles north to near Casper, WY, leaving the night before to avoid the traffic and to find a place to set up for the mid morning totality. I have acquired a Shade 14 welding glass to construct a custom solar filter for my telephoto 400mm lens. That will be used for all the image captures, except the two minutes and 26 seconds of totality. During totality, I will remove custom solar filter and photograph the eclipse with relative safety with my longest focal lengths. All tripod mount, with cable shutter release. To ensure safety of my eyes during totality, I'll continue to use the Live View feature of my camera, rather than look through the viewfinder. The sun will be high in the sky, so I'll skip trying to incorporate earth landscape in the images. Goals: I'll be trying to capture the sun's corona and any interesting detail on the edge of the sun/moon. Also, detail in the shadow of the moon would be great. Exposure: Lowest native ISO 100. Aperture: wide open. Shutter speed: I don't know, yet. Manual settings. Bracketed. Minimize blown out highlights, but I would expect some. Need to do more research and somehow practice...
07/20/2017 09:47:12 AM · #12
Originally posted by hahn23:

Progress, so far. I'll drive 250 miles north to near Casper, WY, leaving the night before to avoid the traffic and to find a place to set up for the mid morning totality. I have acquired a Shade 14 welding glass to construct a custom solar filter for my telephoto 400mm lens. That will be used for all the image captures, except the two minutes and 26 seconds of totality. During totality, I will remove custom solar filter and photograph the eclipse with relative safety with my longest focal lengths. All tripod mount, with cable shutter release. To ensure safety of my eyes during totality, I'll continue to use the Live View feature of my camera, rather than look through the viewfinder. The sun will be high in the sky, so I'll skip trying to incorporate earth landscape in the images. Goals: I'll be trying to capture the sun's corona and any interesting detail on the edge of the sun/moon. Also, detail in the shadow of the moon would be great. Exposure: Lowest native ISO 100. Aperture: wide open. Shutter speed: I don't know, yet. Manual settings. Bracketed. Minimize blown out highlights, but I would expect some. Need to do more research and somehow practice...


Great info!!!
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