This is the first portion of photos me and my wife took during the American Solar Eclipse, August 21st, 2017 at Corvallis in Oregon. I’ll keep posting more photos as time goes and as I find more time in order to process them from their original format in my cameras.
Here are some of the total solar eclipse photos. To the left is the diamond ring while on the right is the totality. Note a couple of prominences (fire flares) showing in the edges of the sun on the top but also the moon’s surface doesn’t appear to be perfect round because of the mountains and valleys in its surface.
We met many interesting and friendly people from Kenya (the country), Phoenix Arizona, San Fransisco bay area, Arkansas, Texas and other cities in California. If you guys read this please comment or send me an email with your names so I can add you here!
Among all of them we also had Jodie Smalley coming up to us, asking if we could take some photos while she breathed fire during the totality of the eclipse. My wife went off with her at a place without grass to record that awesome idea she had (watch the fire breathing video below were Melissa talks also about the shadows on the ground).
Below you’ll find some of our videos and photos while we were preparing to start documenting this amazing event!
To my surprise Youtube has stopped offering the ability to add annotations in your videos anymore, as mobile devices don’t support them. Annoying as you can’t add corrections or additional comments to the narrative sound in the background. But according to Google 60% of the users are using mobile devices to watch these videos, which is quite remarkable. However, just before the eclipse I shouted “ring of fire” which is the wrong technical term. Obviously, I meant to say “diamond ring” instead.
A ring of fire is the maximum of an annular eclipse. Now, annular eclipses are the ones when the moon is further away from the earth hence it doesn’t cover the entire sun. An annular eclipse is around the corner and will happen October 14, 2023 and you can see it from northern California.
After the 2023 annular eclipse and If you’ve also missed the 2017 total eclipse, there’s one more chance in 2024 in Texas.
Here are some photos from my friend and colleague Akash Garg who was in Sacramento, California at our work area. Even though the eclipse was partial in Sacramento, he could still see the crescent-shaped shadows on the ground from trees and other objects.
Was using my William Optics Megrez 72mm f/6 Doublet Apo refractor telescope with my DSLR camera to take some test photos prior the solar eclipse. I am happy the sun got now some sunspots to show instead of being just the plain shiny disc it is now days.
These were the results,
Filter: Thousand Oaks Solar Filter
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
ISO speed: 250
Tv (Shutter speed): 1/2500 s
Color Temperature: 2500 K
Telescope: William Optics Megrez 72 mm FD Doublet Apo
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Time goes fast by and a lot of preparations have been made. Lenses have been polished, testing of equipment has been made, cameras have been charged, cables have been tied together and everything is packed in orderly fashion in their bags. In mean while Melissa has been planning our trip and which other places we can visit while driving up to Oregon.
Today I’ve tested successfully how to live stream through Youtube. The link will be posted here on Monday the 21st, starting at 9:00 AM (PST), 11 AM (EST) or 18:00 (CET).
In mean while stay tuned. Below are some interesting links in regards to weather forecast and other
Melissa and I will be observing the solar eclipse from Corvallis. Thanks to the Corvallis Sheriff’s department we found a new location to camp, avoiding to relocate on the day of the event, allowing us also to avoid traffic and early morning stress! Big thanks goes to all my friends that helped out.
While browsing through Youtube, I stumbled on a video by the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences in regards to observing the solar eclipse. Very useful info and insight on how solar eclipse works in general.
View more useful links down at the bottom on how to photograph or record the eclipse event at different stages during its progression as well as last minute camping and reservation info.
- Solar Eclipse in Corvallis
- Oregon State Parks
- Oregon Live – 20 last minute places for the solar eclipse
- Space.com – How to photograph the solar eclipse
- B&H – How to photograph solar eclipse