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Photographing the total eclipse

Elijah Parker

Driggs, Idaho


I traveled with my wife and three boys (ages 5, 3 and 1) to Emigrant, MT (since everywhere else was too expensive).  We logged a total of 2945 miles over the 6-day trip, which was probably too much, but we made lots of stops and had a fun adventure.

We left at 2am Monday morning to drive down to the path of totality.  I was planning to meet up with Ron Risman’s workshop at an awesome spot East of Jackson, but the main road through Yellowstone in our area was closed overnight for construction.  After a bit of offline research the night before (I didn’t have data or wifi available!), we decided to go up and around through Bozeman and ended up in the pleasant little town of Driggs, Idaho, which turned out to be a wonderful spot that wasn’t too crowded.

While there are things I could have done better, I’m very happy overall and have a wonderful set of footage for my first total eclipse.  Here’s a time-lapse from the telephoto camera.  I edited it in Lightroom with the Timelapse Workflow plugin, then put it together and stabilized it with Apple Motion, rendered in with TLDF (for frame blending and noise reduction), and finally assembled the video, music and text in Final Cut Pro.

And thanks to the calculations provided by Xavier Jubier, the VIEW was able to fully automate the exposures and timing for the eclipse (with the VIEW Intervalometer), so the only intervention I had to do was to remove the solar filter during totality.  This allowed me to be able to enjoy the experience with my family rather than just focus on the camera during the event.

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