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Solar Eclipse 2017 preparations

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

  1. Cameron Yee

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    They don't need the list. The number of dispensaries is so silly, you just have to drive down a street to find several.
     
  2. Sam Posten

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  3. Cameron Yee

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    Smart of them, actually.
     
  4. Nelson Au

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    Sam, those are nice shots of the sun! I've been procrastinating getting my camera gear together. I am not in an area where totality will pass. I'll see 75%.

    I'm curious what solar filter you used and where to get it. I'm hoping it's not too late.

    I did see a total eclipse and flew to Hawaii to see it in the 1990's, I shot it then with a Canon AE-1 film camera with a lens that wasn't long enough. So it's tiny. Now I have a Canon EOS DSLR and I just bought a 300mm zoom.

    Thanks for any insights you might have about a filter.
     
  5. Sam Posten

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    Nelson, link is in the OP but Amazon may not be selling them any more. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement
     
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    Thanks Sam, I looked at that link. I have a feeling it's definitely too late to get a proper solar filter. Oh well. Good luck getting some shots of the eclipse!
     
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    I got the filter Sam linked to, but the next size up. The company who sold them sent this message today:

     
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    I fiddle-farted around too long and I can't find a pair of eclipse glasses in stock. Those paper sleeves that Sam is using are cool, economical way to photograph it. Not sure I want to try photographing it. In Arkansas we won't be getting totality.

    I read an amazon reviewer (I think) who was buying two uv filters and cutting a sheet of eclipse film in between the filters.
     
  9. Nelson Au

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    I'm still chasing that film option to make a filter. Seems most outlets are sold out and can't ship in time.
     
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    Since where I live won't be in the path of totality but is close (I think one site I visited said we'd see 98% of totality), professional advice is to keep viewing filters on at all times. A local woman recently shared how her eyes were damaged as a child because her 5th grade teacher took the class out to watch the 1960 eclipse and all they did was the one-eye-look-through-your-fist "trick."

    I'm mainly interested to see the effect of the eclipse (non)light on the landscape I visit frequently, so I'm thinking I can shoot similarly to when I'm shooting an approaching sunset or trying to get a star effect from mid-day sun. Which means no filter...?
     
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    Guys, I really wish I had planned ahead to try to go to a site of totality. But I have seen an eclipse in totality in 1991 when I traveled to Hawaii for the July 11th event. So at least I had a chance already. It was in the early morning and I flew from Oahu to the big island while spending time in Oahu. Like many others, I walked out onto a lava field near the airport and set up.

    I just dug out my negatives and scanned them in. I was disappointed as I hadn't seen them in a long time. There was more overcast then I remembered and the high resolution of the scan revealed camera shake as I didn't use a tripod. This was in the olden days of film cameras. I had a Canon AE-1 and a 200mm zoom. I just did a little photoshop to erase the shake while trying not to alter the image.

    I scanned a 35mm negative at 4800 DPI, so theres some grain and I probably used a fast film. This is a good memory and you can see before and during.

    I had small prints made at the time and they didn't reveal the flares shooting off the corona. So that was a really cool thing to see. And I think I actually see some stars during the shot at totality. I bet if I had a better lens and tripod, and no clouds, this would have been a pretty good shot.

    Eclipse 4 adjusted_200dpi. Eclipse 1 adjusted_200dpi.

    I have a Canon EOS now and I'd have loved to try to shoot this this time. But I might try for the 2024 event and try for New York or Montreal.

    I hope to see how you guys make out in your viewing and photography.
     
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    The peak of the eclipse has passed us in California. The crescent shape of the Sun is morphing back to a disc. The moon's shadow is rapidly heading easterly! Hope you guys have a good view who are in the Midwest and east.
     
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    Here was my view outside of totality solar-eclipse-2017-6862. (98-99%)
     
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    That's great Cameron! I'll be interested in what filter specifications you used to cut down the sun's brightness.
     
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    Ah, ok. Thanks. I thought you might have had a fancy screw on neutral density type. Something I was reading up on. I couldn't find one available.
     
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