Total Eclipse of 2017
Denise and I decided at the last minute to drive to South Carolina on August 21st to be in the path of totality for the eclipse. We ended up just off US Highway 1 in the parking lot of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Elgin, SC. Here are some of my pictures from the eclipse. The first one is during the short period of totality (it only lasted about a minute and a half or so) and the second one is the “diamond ring” at the very end of totality. It was an adrenaline rush that ended too quickly.
Due to photographer error (not taking additional pictures with a slower shutter speed to get the sky the right color) and equipment limitations (not a very wide dynamic range), the sky is completely black. It was not really that dark appearing as the sky was more blue and there were orange/pink clouds near the horizon, like during sunset. Nonetheless, I'm happy with them. I was too busy enjoying the spectacle to remember what I was supposed to be doing with the camera. I also should have thought to use my phone to take a picture of the surroundings during totality. Oh well, things to remember what to do during the next eclipse in 2024.
I also put together a couple of progressions of the eclipse with pictures during the course of the afternoon. The first picture below is a linear progression, showing different partial eclipses, then totality, then the diamond ring. For the second progression, I arranged the photos up and down on the page with the sun and moon spaced according to their elevation in the sky at the time of the photographs. So, the first photo in the progression is when the sun was at the highest point in the sky (of the photos shown). Over time, the sun was dropping in the sky (OK, I know the sun doesn't move and it's the movement of the earth; you know what I mean) as the afternoon progressed. The elapsed time between pictures was short at the start (about 13 minutes), then about 22 minutes between the middle few pictures, just a couple of minutes between the last crescent and totality, then less than a minute between the last two pictures.
Keywords: 2017, diamond ring, eclipse, great american eclipse, moon, progression, sun, total eclipse, totality
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