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08/23/2017 09:12:30 AM · #1
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Mine didn't turn out well. They were fuzzy, and I'm not sure why.


Wendy, I had to adjust my focus after it started...glad I did. I had it set on infinity but that needed to be adjusted further. Once I did that they are all nice n sharp.

June enter!!! You shot...even the partials are more interesting to me...my lowest score will be a 5. Because if you took the time to shoot and you got an image - you get a 5 minimally...everything else is up from that!!!


My eye still isn't working, so I couldn't tell. But it claimed that it found focus. Can you not trust the beeps??


When I'm in manual I don't get beeps (I actually have a dot that lights up in my viewfinder)
08/23/2017 07:11:40 AM · #2
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Mine didn't turn out well. They were fuzzy, and I'm not sure why.


Wendy, I had to adjust my focus after it started...glad I did. I had it set on infinity but that needed to be adjusted further. Once I did that they are all nice n sharp.

June enter!!! You shot...even the partials are more interesting to me...my lowest score will be a 5. Because if you took the time to shoot and you got an image - you get a 5 minimally...everything else is up from that!!!


My eye still isn't working, so I couldn't tell. But it claimed that it found focus. Can you not trust the beeps??
08/22/2017 05:28:51 PM · #3
Well I'm NOT posting anything here... I haven't decided what's going in the challenge yet, LOL. Heck, haven't really finished processing yet. All I can say is, "mann" did I get a great location. I was at the Mann Creek Reservoir just north of Weiser, ID. Free camping (federal land) and a very nice, moderately-sized group of folks from all over the world. We even had a "totality wedding!"
08/22/2017 01:34:41 PM · #4
ohh right! I didn't think that way but thanks for pointing out! and YES this will NOT be in the challenge :D

Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Originally posted by pgirish007:

This is what I captured yesterday! I hope you like it :)

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I'm going to assume you have another that you put in the challenge??
08/22/2017 01:26:18 PM · #5
One of the amazing Shots from the 2017 Total Eclipse

Another one.

This one includes the ISS - One of the coolest IMHO
08/22/2017 01:07:31 PM · #6
Originally posted by pgirish007:

This is what I captured yesterday! I hope you like it :)

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I'm going to assume you have another that you put in the challenge??
08/22/2017 01:00:06 PM · #7
This is what I captured yesterday! I hope you like it :)

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08/22/2017 11:37:35 AM · #8
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Mine didn't turn out well. They were fuzzy, and I'm not sure why.


Wendy, I had to adjust my focus after it started...glad I did. I had it set on infinity but that needed to be adjusted further. Once I did that they are all nice n sharp.

June enter!!! You shot...even the partials are more interesting to me...my lowest score will be a 5. Because if you took the time to shoot and you got an image - you get a 5 minimally...everything else is up from that!!!


Okay, the arguments have convinced me. I will enter, and stop worrying about scores. This is supposed to be fun and also a way to challenge our abilities. I have never shot a solar eclipse before, so I learned a lot yesterday. Now I can't wait for the
2024 eclipse in the Great Lakes Region. Plan on getting a few more fun gadgets for that one.
08/22/2017 10:37:35 AM · #9
Originally posted by Ja-9:

my lowest score will be a 5. Because if you took the time to shoot and you got an image - you get a 5 minimally...everything else is up from that!!!


Weirdly enough, I was kinda thinking the same thing. I didn't give myself a hard cut off like Janine, but I know my votes will be high even for the blander looking ones based on the fact that I know it's a difficult topic. Effort means more to me on this challenge than most other challenges.
08/22/2017 10:33:26 AM · #10
Originally posted by vawendy:

Mine didn't turn out well. They were fuzzy, and I'm not sure why.


Wendy, I had to adjust my focus after it started...glad I did. I had it set on infinity but that needed to be adjusted further. Once I did that they are all nice n sharp.

June enter!!! You shot...even the partials are more interesting to me...my lowest score will be a 5. Because if you took the time to shoot and you got an image - you get a 5 minimally...everything else is up from that!!!
08/22/2017 10:13:52 AM · #11
Originally posted by vawendy:

Mine didn't turn out well. They were fuzzy, and I'm not sure why.

Some of that can be cleared up in post processing. You may have had too low a shutter speed. I actually photographed mine at the smallest aperture I could, (36.) Then I had the shutter at one point up to 1/4000 with an ISO of 54. They actually came out fairly clear, but the ones that were fuzzy I did extreme tonal adjustments in post processing and was able to get a much more defined outline. Still, the photos are pretty bland. Kind of boring topic I would think to vote on. Well, I have 6 days to decide if I want to run the risk of a 4 or 3 vote total.

Message edited by author 2017-08-22 10:15:32.
08/22/2017 10:06:45 AM · #12
Mine didn't turn out well. They were fuzzy, and I'm not sure why.
08/22/2017 09:58:41 AM · #13
Originally posted by JunieMoon:

What is the lowest score you will cast? I mean, my cumulative is sort of low. I did photograph the partial in Connecticut, but they aren't soectacular, wow photos. Do I enter, or don't I? Do voters intend to be ruthless on this one?


I'm going to go out on a limb here and say there will be a select few that stand out and the rest will be mediocre... This is due to the fact that it's a pretty difficult thing to capture. Just my two pennies - I think that the overall scores will be fairly low with the exception of the few that stand out (those will be in the upper 6 range in my opinion). We'll see though. I've been known to be wrong from time to time... Just as my ex... *smirks*
08/22/2017 09:51:12 AM · #14
What is the lowest score you will cast? I mean, my cumulative is sort of low. I did photograph the partial in Connecticut, but they aren't soectacular, wow photos. Do I enter, or don't I? Do voters intend to be ruthless on this one?
08/22/2017 07:54:37 AM · #15
This is cool :)
https://qz.com/1058842/solar-eclipse-2017-photo-the-iss-just-pulled-off-the-photobomb-of-a-lifetime/?utm_source=atlfb
08/21/2017 06:00:30 PM · #16
I decided to play golf during the eclipse, as I think I said earlier, and it was keen-o! It started getting dimmer and cooler and the winds picked up and the birds were making less noise. But the golf went on :-)
08/21/2017 05:48:18 PM · #17
I noticed a distinct pressure change when we were at the most eclipsed. It was really weird.

I didn't realize we had an Eclipse challenge. Darn!

08/21/2017 04:21:34 PM · #18
Originally posted by vawendy:

When it was getting pretty dark, the cicadas all started chirping really loudly. That was cool/freaky.


It's things like this that you don't even think about that I heard was the coolest part.

Like, the clouds surrounding it seemed as though it had a sunset/sunrise color to them... Or take for example Cory posted on Facebook that he noticed plane lights became more vibrant during it.
08/21/2017 04:17:50 PM · #19
When it was getting pretty dark, the cicadas all started chirping really loudly. That was cool/freaky.
08/21/2017 04:16:21 PM · #20
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Holy crap!! That was one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!

:-D Glad you were able to see it. Sounds awesome. Our oldest one went down to South Carolina and he said the same thing.

What surprised me was how much light we still HAD here with the sun being obscured by 83%. Thought it was going to be a bit darker. Barely dimmed.


We were amazed, as well!! That the vast majority of the sun was covered and it was only a bit dimmer.

What was weird was that the world was desaturated. It was heading towards twilight but not golden hour. Really quite freaky.

08/21/2017 04:16:21 PM · #21
Originally posted by vawendy:

Holy crap!! That was one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!


I am hearing this from a few people I know that either a) traveled or b) lived near the totality line. I hear the time that it was totality was surreal. It was pretty cool to witness even from here in Florida where we only got a percentage. I can only imagine how cool it must have been for the ones who witnessed it in its entirety.
08/21/2017 04:07:35 PM · #22
Originally posted by vawendy:

Holy crap!! That was one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!

:-D Glad you were able to see it. Sounds awesome. Our oldest one went down to South Carolina and he said the same thing.

What surprised me was how much light we still HAD here with the sun being obscured by 83%. Thought it was going to be a bit darker. Barely dimmed.
08/21/2017 04:01:50 PM · #23
Holy crap!! That was one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!
08/21/2017 03:50:57 PM · #24
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I'm not going to enter the challenge with these and since I didn't bring my camera to work today because I didn't have any filters to protect my sensor I figure I'll just post them here for you all to enjoy. Shot one with the glasses in front of the phone's camera and the other without just looking through the clouds.

I didn't have totality here so I didn't think it would make for good photos anyway... Was kinda cool see the surroundings become much less bright. And it did seem to be a little cooler during the time that we had the peak of the eclipse.

Hope to see lots of images. I'm excited to see what everyone got.
08/21/2017 12:44:11 PM · #25
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

Alright now...I'm doing some test shots and I can't seem to get it right!!!

I have

Nikon D7000
Tamron 150-600mm (longest focal length)
Solar Film (attached to the lens)
F/8
1/1000 sec

I've tried

Manual - nothing black screen can't find the Sun
Aperture - speed is to long (bouncing Sun)
Speed - nothing black

What am I doing wrong???


I have +9 welding glass, I'm at ISO 100, f14, 1/8000. And my sun is green. And blurry around the edge. I don't know how dark or light it should be.

I had a hard time finding the sun. Had to zoom out find it and then zoom in


I had to go up to ISO 800 before I could get a shot...but I finally have one!!! Evidently my film is VERY dense!!!
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