Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
However, if you want the eclipse to come to you then it is April 8, 2024 where you have totality swinging across Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois (across my cousin's property again), Indiana, Ohio, New York and Vermont. It will be hard not to see the eclipse at my cousin's place as we did this trip. It was so much fun seeing it with family members but chances of cloud cover are much lower and the eclipse much longer in Waco, Texas. There you will get 4 minutes and 13 seconds of darkness with low probably of clouds. Dallas gets 3 minutes and 49 seconds so that is an easy reach as well. Austin and San Antonio are fun towns to visit and they get hit with a short totality as they are just inside the path's southern edge. However, they can be staging areas with short trips to the center line. As we learned with this eclipse, the trip back can overwhelm the roads, but Texas looks like the place to be in 2024!!!
Friday, August 25, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
A more heavily edited version of this same shot is below. I darkened the sky to bring out detail that the camera captures within its dynamic range. Your eye does this naturally. I can't remember which of these two shots is more "real". I think the sky color in the first shot is as I remember with the disk of the sun being covered by the moon more "real" in the more edited shot.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The original post of this shot two days ago was just after I got back from a long, long drive from southern Illinois and I didn't have time to do much editing. So, this shot is a more edited version of the diamond ring. Basically this shot is being taken between one and two seconds after third contact where the sun is starting to come back after being eclipsed. Right after this point it is too bright to even look at the sun directly and the camera would start to get blown out and even be damaged from focusing on the sun. Naked eye, you would need to put your eclipse glasses back on. I was not looking through the viewfinder, which would also be dangerous, but I was looking at the live view on the back of the camera as I took a few very quick shots as the sun came back from the eclipse.
Anyway, just lucky enough to catch the diamond ring effect. As to editing a shot like this you have to be aware that the camera is being overwhelmed by the bright, bright sunlight coming back, the bright corona and the dark disk of the moon with all of that being surrounded by somewhat lighter sky around the sun. There is no way to catch all of that in a single shot and even in multiple shots is very difficult to catch. So, in editing you can choose to pick up the light sky or you can darken the sky and pick up the diamond ring. I picked the second option which was much closer to how it looked visually anyway. For me, that diamond ring will stick in my mind for a long, long time.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Too tired to post anything except this one shot. Got a nice one with the sun coming out of the solar eclipse so you see the corona, the eclipsed sun with the moon over its face and part of the sun peaking out from behind a gap in a lunar mountain to give the ring effect. More tomorrow. I am too exhausted to do anything but share this post.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Stephie and I got to see a total eclipse, through the clouds and rain in a trip to China in 2009. She said, "Dad, I going with you because you are paying and because it is China. Don't expect me to go all ga-ga over the eclipse." Now, she is so excited to see this eclipse 7 years later, she is totally prepared for this one and helping me get family members to southern Illinois. Stephie is a great traveler (she packs very light) and I can't wait to see another eclipse with her. Hope we get better weather than last time, but there is always Texas in 6 years. Tomorrow, I will repost what we saw through the clouds.