August was amazing. Had to go see a man about an eclipse.
I was fortunate enough to get in with the Eclipse Mega Movie Project and that community had a lot of resources and advice for shooting an eclipse. Exposure charts. Field of View Calculators. Weather forecasts. Lots of technical, sciency stuff. In addition to the technical details, there was discussion about traffic, alternate plans in case of inclimate weather and how much food and water to pack in the car.
I fretted about it for a while and eventually decided to concentrate on the photography and ignore the rest. That there would be no traffic, no clouds, no problems. Packed the cameras and the daughter and headed to my Dad’s place in Idaho Falls.
Using Baader solar film, I made filters for my Fuji 55-200 and a Sigma 600mm F8 lens mounted on the old Pentax Spotmatic Dad gave me.
Filters on, we started shooting at First Contact and when totality approached, checked the framing and focus and removed the filters. After all the study of exposures, it ultimately came down to “F8 and be there” or in my case, F11 and be there. Started at 1/4000th and worked my way down, taking one frame at every shutter speed on the camera. Each slower speed exposed more and more of the corona. The plan was to go back up through the shutter speeds, but at this point I wasn’t even really paying attention to the camera. It was just change the shutter speed, press the shutter release, repeat.
Of all the images, this is my favorite. Taken at the end of totality, it shows the corona, a couple prominences and the diamond ring.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF55-200 @200mm. 1/125th @f11, ISO 200
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