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Solar Eclipse Notes and Ideas


The eclipse is coming

I just love talking shop with fellow photogs, and I was delighted when Nick Page asked me to join him on his relatively new podcast to talk about the upcoming solar Eclipse. This event is getting so much attention from all the big stores, bloggers and news makers. Take a listen for yourself here as we talk details and how we hope to make it a memorable shoot.

Read on below for additional links and information. These are some of the things we referenced in our discussion.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1502080456868{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]’s animations has a fantastic website for everything you wanted to know about time zones, dates and the like. But they have also gone over the top with great animations showing the effects of the eclipse throughout the various phases. I particularly like this animation linked below, where you can see the entire path as it starts in the Pacific Ocean and ends just off the coast of Africa.

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This site leads the pack in details maps for purchase and other great souvenir type items such as shirts, glasses and books. They even have a page dedicated to predicting crowds and travel patterns of folks seeking to be in the 70ish mile wide path of totality. Though with an estimate range of 1.8–7.4 million visitors, they’re leaving quite the room for error.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1502080456868{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

PhotoPills app

For some reason a lot of people like to complain how difficult this app is to use. I think it’s just fine. And in fact, I like it a bit better than Photographer’s Ephemeris. It simply has more features.

They recently updated the app with an eclipse function which is fantastic. You simply have to get this app if you’re planning on shooting the eclipse. Here’s a link to their YouTube video on how to use the app for the eclipse. In short, it’s fantastic, especially the augmented reality function that helps you frame your shot if you’re going for the whole transition.

Plus, they have a wonderful guide where they detail everything you need to know about getting great shots of the eclipse. Download it here. They also have a PDF you can download. It’s worth it :)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1502080456868{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Safety First

Maybe this section should have been at the top of this blog post. Anyway, better late than never. Nasa has some great safety information here.

I was surprised to find that a sheet of fully exposed and developed B&W film could work as a solar filter. I could make my own glasses out of 35mm film,,,, if only I had the time, chemicals and film![/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1502080456868{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For the Science Geeks among us…

This site looks pretty cool, but it almost makes my head hurt with all the science talk. If you’re in to ascending nodes, Terrestrial Dynamical Time, Orthographic Maps and the like, then this site is right up your alley.

There’s tons of charts and tables. Probably the coolest thing is the “Decade Tables of Solar Eclipses” found towards the bottom of the page. Having a listing of eclipses all the way back to 1901 is kinda cool, no matter how geeky you are.  (I really want to put another smiley face here, but I’m resisting!)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1502080456868{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Technical photography info

Mr Eclipse has tons of information about some of the technical info on shooting the eclipse. Probably the best thing is the diagrams that show the relative size of the sun in your frame for a given focal length.  There’s also a table showing you how large the sun will physically be on your sensor with a given lens length.

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Rent some gear

I’ve been offering a special at my other site, Brent Rents Lenses. If you rent for a full seven days you’ll get a solar filter included in the rental, so long as Aug 21, 2017 is one of those days also in the rental. At the time of this writing I should have one left. This offer is only good for lenses that get to 400mm and longer.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1502080456868{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Buy filters and more!

B&H Photo Video has been advertising Solar gear for quite some time now. They have it all, from equipment for your telescope, solar binoculars and even the little solar glasses.

Amazon also has some relatively affordable filters. Though the 4×4 inch filters I bought were $10 a few months ago. Now they’re $25. I bet on Aug 22 they’ll be about 10 cents. They’ve also got some decent looking shirts and other items to mark the occasion.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]