The Total Eclipse
To photograph the Total Eclipse I went camping with Dennis Walker the owner and creator of Camera Bits and Bob Russell head of customer support to camp with them at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon. Camerabits are the producers of Photo Mechanic the photo industry leading downloading and browser software. I have been using Photo Mechanic as the anchor for my digital photo workflow, and hanging out with these two guys is always fun and a challenge as they are math whizzes, brainiacs, and camera/computer wizards. Around the camp table, they not only assembled a solar charging table that could outfit an army but a pile of Solar Eclipse reading matter that made my brain hurt. I gleaned a few geekoids during our evening talks:
• The Sun is 93 Million miles away
• The Moon is 22,000 miles away
• The speed of the shadow created by the moon on the earth moves at Mac 2 (1750 miles per hour)
• We have about 90 seconds to capture the total eclipse.
• We would use filters that allow 1% light transmission through (that’s 1/1,000 of the of the total light amount)
But the most important thing was to take off the White Light Solar Filter during the Total Eclipse time and replace it right after to continue photographing the eclipse. I figured after our evening chat that I need to focus on the moon and I had about the same time as it takes to run nine 100 Meter dashes consecutively to get the important picture. It was a great event made even more remarkable by hanging (and geeking) out with Dennis and Bob, I hope you enjoy this little selection of photographs from the event.
Sony a9 70-300 with a White Light Solar Filter
Sony a9 100-400 with a 2 x teleconverter with White Light Solar Filter.
Solar Eye Glasses, Tripods, cable releases, and a comfy chair and jacket.