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Shooting the eclipse Aug 21, 2017

 
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Jul 13, 2017 17:15 |  #1

I am planing on shooting the eclipse in Columbia S.C. on Aug 21,2017 I have few questions about what is the best way of going about this photo shoot.
Frist question I have is protecting my equipment from the rays......Any suggestion... next question live view would best or view finder?
Anyone interested in meeting in Columbia S.C. please PM me.

Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

You can use this interactive map from NASA to zoom in on the path and find out the exact locations from which it will be visible.

You can also check out our state-by-state guide to find out which major cities and prime locations will fall inside the path of totality. You may also want to attend one of the many eclipse parties and organized events taking place around the path of totality.


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Jul 13, 2017 17:28 |  #2

Be sure to get a genuine solar filter made to be safe for direct viewing, which slips fully over the front of the lens. For absolute protection of the eyes, never look directly at the sun, even when it appears to be fully eclipsed by the sun...any portion of the sun which is not FULLY ECLIPSED can damage your eyes, even in the seconds immediately before/after totality (assuming that you are precisely positioned along the exact path where totality is truly visible. Lot of info on the web.


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Jul 13, 2017 17:42 |  #3

I have a 70 Baader Solar Filer that I use for binoculars. It just happens to be the perfect size for my lenses.
They aren't cheap but they are awesome. You can see sunspots with them.

But, You many not exactly need one? If you want the details of the sun, sure. But stopping down and using a very fast shutter may be enough, plus an ND if needed.
You'll have to experiment.

I'm going to try doing it with just the fast shutter with a wide angle. Then do some bracketing.


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Jul 14, 2017 08:47 |  #4

I went to the last total solar eclipse here in the UK back I think it was in 1999. I was right on the line of totality. I went for the cheap option for my film SLR of getting a arc welding glass cut to fit my Cokin A sized filter holder. I can't tell you how it would have worked, as just as the light began to dip clouds filled the sky.

I was in Falmouth in Cornwall, right on the beach, and the cloud cover forming is apparently quite common as the temperature drops, especially over the sea. I had a friend who was on the Brittany coast of France and they has the same effect happen. So I did not get to experience anything other than it get very dark for a while during the middle of the day. by the time the eclipse was fully over the clouds started to disperse again. Fortunately where we were there was a huge screen on an adjacent headland that was showing the BBC TV coverage, so at least we were able to see that.

I actually traveled down to see the event by motorbike, a Honda CB 350S, with my then 9 year old son on the pillion. We only decided to go the day before, so just winged it, sleeping by the side of the road for a few hours on the way down from Norfolk the night before, and arrived in Falmouth at about 6 am. My son absolutely loved the adventure of it, I don't think he will ever forget it actually.

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Jul 14, 2017 09:20 |  #5

I'm hoping to be there! Lots of good info in the Astronomy and Celestial Talk forum. Check out this thread, https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1465977


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Jul 15, 2017 23:54 as a reply to  @ RhodyPhotos's post |  #6

Thanks that was very helpful...


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