While not in the path of totality, I found myself during eclipse weekend on a homestead in the heart of central Pennsylvania.
Here, all food comes from the garden. To my amazement, I gazed upon a row of melons seeming right at home above the Mason-Dixon.
Sunday was a chance to walk the property and enjoy the company of our host and their animals. My girlfriend Rika and I had come here initially to stay for a night, after visiting a friend playing a gypsy jazz gig nearby. With the eclipse around the corner, we decided to stay, and thankfully our hosts were able to accommodate the extension with an unused camper. What started as a relaxing weekend became an opportunity to see the solar eclipse in a more rural setting, away from the light pollution and atmospheric haze of the city.
Afterwards, I thought it may be useful to share the experience and challenges of what at first seemed like a simple task: shooting the sun.
My partner-in-crime Rika gazing with Taz.
On the morning of the eclipse, I pulled out my gear to practice on the full sun. Mostly clear skies were a good sign though by no means indicative of what was to come.
GEAR: Camera, Adapter, Lens
The lens pictured above has a tripod mount seen just above the quarter. This helped me stabilize the motion, as even a good gust of wind could cause problems at such a long focal length. I also used Canon's EOS utility for remote shooting from a laptop, to minimize motion problems caused by pushing the shutter button.
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