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Solar Eclipse 2017 preparations

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Sam Posten, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. Sam Posten

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    The center of total blackout area isn't terribly far from me, about 120 miles away, in Wyoming.
     
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    Looking at the map, I see it will be going almost directly over Craters of the Moon National Monument in SE Idaho. That would be an incredible place to catch pics of it.
     
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    The problem with COM is lack of parking. Government sources predict 300,000 out of state tourists will descend on the total area in Idaho, making massive traffic jams.

    The total path passes about 30 - 40 miles north of Boise. Unfortunately between the two lies the front range of the Rockies, with only a handful of small twisty 2 lane roads crossing between them.

    Boise itself will see 99+% totality.
     
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    Well, my front yard is in the 1:50 to 2 minute area. I will probably not bother to drive to a 2:20 or 2:30 area.
     
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    My parents are in the same area but on the opposite coast. :)
     
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    Road trip planned to see this with a bunch of family scattered all over the U.S.
     
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    Family and I are headed up to Oregon to see this. We made our reservations 8 months ago and even then were only able to find a Motel 6 with rooms available.
     
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    You're right about Craters. Since it's just on a little, 2 lane highway, I expect it'll be jammed.

    And I've driven 55/95 North of Boise many times. Yeah, not exactly an ideal situation. Nice and scenic, though.

    Plus, no doubt the stretch of I-25 I was looking at, about 30 miles East of Casper, WY. will be jammed. It's a Monday, so I'll be working anyway.
     
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    Try ID-21 from Boise up to Stanley. One great road in most conditions but no shoulders and trees overhead. Normally one of the glorious Miata roads in the US.
     
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    The total eclipse path isn't far from our place in South Carolina. We will not be down there at that time, unfortunately. I am not sure if it will be worthwhile buying accessories to take any photos from up here in Michigan.
     
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    Visiting family in Denver, then plan to drive to Casper for the viewing.
     
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    Any tips you can share? I am going to try going to my usual haunt at a nearby reservoir / wetlands. I think the eclipse will be in view if I frame similarly to these shots. The first photo is pretty much due east, while the second and third photos are more southeast facing.

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    Stable base
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    Umbrella over the setup so you can see camera back
    While you can't choose the time of the eclipse you otherwise can choose what time of day to shoot the sun. Don't try to do it mid day, you will crack your neck trying to aim too high.
     
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