A Total Eclipse...
... of the heart.
When I first started to hear about the total solar eclipse that was going to be happening here in Independence, I was super excited. I started looking up videos and articles about how to photograph the sun. I began dreaming of some of the amazing images I was going to take. I scoured Flickr for ideas and setting information. And then a little bit of reality started to hit.
I'm a teacher, and had to work that day. I also didn't have the $200 lens filter that most people suggested you needed. I also knew that with my luck, it would probably rain that day. I also watched a video that suggested NOT to attempt photos, because you didn't want to spend all your time adjusting settings and not experiencing the awesomeness. My plan was to just watch and enjoy.
Then, in stepped Tony Northrup. I watch his Youtube channel often, and have several of his books. I would consider him and Chelsea both an inspiration and mentors to me. On July 28, he posted a video on how to prepare for the eclipse. Immediately I changed my mind and decided to photograph the event.
The first thing I needed to do was to find a filter. Luckily, Amazon came through. On July 29th I placed my order and received the type of filter that Tony was using. When it arrived, it was cut and in place in just a few minutes. On August 19, I took my first test shots of the sun. I practiced again on the 20th. I was ready.
The 21st was a Monday, and I was at school. I had my camera set up on a tripod in my room and took it out between every class to photograph portions of the partial phases. When 6th hour started (about noon), the school distributed glasses to all the students and sent them outside. I was able to stand just outside my classroom and photograph freely from that point until totality was finished.
It was an amazing sight to see, and I'm so glad I chose to capture it with my camera. I was shocked however, when I got home and realized I had over 1100 photos that I had taken through the day. Sorting through them took some time, but reliving the experience as I looked through them was well worth the time. I'm glad that GOD has planted me where I am, and blessed me with this amazing opportunity!
Song: A Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler