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Solar eclipse question
Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 10:38 AM on 07.17.17
->> I've already got a solar filter for the partial, and I've used it several times and am comfortable that I'll get what I expect. My question is what type of shutter speed I'll be using during totality for the diamond ring effect? I assume I'll be shooting without the filter during it, but does anyone know what the exposure typically is during totality?

P.S. If it's cloudy that day, I quit astronomy.
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Andrew Dolph, Photographer
Akron | OH | United States | Posted: 3:44 PM on 07.17.17
->> I think this may help you: http://www.zam.fme.vutbr.cz/~druck/Eclipse/Ecl2008m/Tse2008_200_mo1/0-info....
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Andrew Dolph, Photographer
Akron | OH | United States | Posted: 3:46 PM on 07.17.17
->> Also, this link for more generalized info regarding planning: (the whole site is a veritable gold mine, actually) http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/TN.htm
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 5:11 PM on 07.17.17
->> I planned it to death, but I still haven't found what exposures to expect during totality. In the first link above, it looks like his final image was a composite of 55 images ranging from 1/125 to 8s. Absent compositing, I wonder what where in that range the photo below falls (or if it's possible with a single frame).

https://isenseproject.org/media/a3/a3cdd7d8c0d826bf6362ec39d7f7091c/total-s...

I also recommend an app called Lumos, which will show you where the sun and moon will be in your field of view (to help frame your planned shots). I was able to determine with it that my intended photo of the eclipse over the nashville skyline wouldn't work as I had planned. For Nashville, it's going to be almost straight up in the sky. I could fit it in if I wanted, but it would have to be so wide that my eclipse would be a dot in the frame. I'm still debating whether to frame it inside the Batman building spires, which I believe is possible.
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Andrew Dolph, Photographer
Akron | OH | United States | Posted: 2:59 PM on 07.18.17
->> I use two different apps based initially upon the recommendation of my closest friend and creative partner whom is now in his second year at Nasa Glenn: PhotoPills, and The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE). Both are available in the iTunes App Store. The former of the two is extremely effective for pre-planning, just as you mention in trying to line up your shot. I don't do any astrophotography without now pre-planning.

As for the exposure, I don't know anyone shooting this event without a slider system in conjunction with multiple bracketed exposures to achieve the desired final image similar to what you linked. For today's standards (I think) anything else is sorta ho-hum, or sub-par. Incorporating visual context such as prominent architecture definitely will set the shot apart from just a static image of the eclipse. I for one really enjoy the two together, or other natural elements.

I personally don't plan on photographing the eclipse itself, mainly because I don't have time to travel 8 hours for fun on a whim where the biggest variable is uncontrollable – weather. Instead, I'll be heading up to a beach near Cleveland to basically make fun documentary pictures of people viewing the eclipse.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 8:04 PM on 07.18.17
->> Found some exposures, but I agree with you Andrew, going to be bracketing like crazy. I guess news shooters will just specify in the cutline that it's a photo stack?

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/07/guide-to-photographing-the-solar-e.../

And Andrew, I'd definitely drive 8 hours to witness this thing. It's not going to happen again in the U.S. for possibly our lifetime. Come on down to Smashville and get you some music with a side of eclipse. Good luck on finding a room though.
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Andrew Dolph, Photographer
Akron | OH | United States | Posted: 9:36 PM on 07.19.17
->> It's my wedding anniversary, so ... I need to stay within about a 45 min drive. This is one expenditure I can't justify, and I've got one of the best partners in crime, ever. Just one of those days ...
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Andrew Dolph, Photographer
Akron | OH | United States | Posted: 9:37 PM on 07.19.17
->> Next time around the sun.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 8:31 AM on 07.20.17
->> You'll get your next chance in 2024 - IN Ohio. Boom.

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/future/
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Andrew Dolph, Photographer
Akron | OH | United States | Posted: 9:15 AM on 07.20.17
->> Oh snap! And, it looks like the POT will rip right through Cleveland. Now that's something to plan for!
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 10:37 AM on 07.21.17
->> Another killer app: Solar Eclipse Timer. It was created by a cosmetic surgeon from Alabama who travels the world to study eclipses. It will take your geolocation and tell you exactly the time of each stage of the eclipse to the second. Very helpful.
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 11:19 AM on 07.23.17
->> I just started a facebook page called "Lights out"

Anyone interested in discussing ideas for shooting the August 21st total solar eclipse is invited to join.

It is technically a closed group for pro shooters (who may be out of their comfort zone shooting this), plus I invited a Maryland University astrophysics student and asked her to tell her cohorts to join in too.
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Robert Deutsch, Photographer
NY | NY | USA | Posted: 9:23 PM on 07.23.17
->> see a fantastic reference on the eclipse from former Philly Inquirer staffer and sports shooter Jerry Lodriguss at:

http://www.astropix.com/html/i_astrop/2017_eclipse/Eclipse_2017.html

(and see the rest of his site, he is a master.)
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 8:21 AM on 07.24.17
->> Robert, that's just what I was looking for. Gracias, kind sir!
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