Annular Solar Eclipse in the West: Your Plans?

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  1. Klainmeister

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    Hi all,

    We're gonna have one hell of a show this Sunday as the moon blocks out most of the sun for a stretch across from Oregon to Texas. I was curious as to the plans people have for this event?

    I myself have the Santa Fe Century bike ride that morning...so I hope I get done in time, but I plan on driving out to Chaco canyon and shooting some ruins with teh crescent/ring of the sun in the Western horizon.

    So, what's your big plan? Anyone gonna be able to be at the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion? Anything?
     
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    Stay home and save the travel costs. A partial will be visible from here just before sunset.
     
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    Might do Zion, PM me though if you are serious about Chaco, I am in Aspen and might make the drive with my wife in our spaceship....
     
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    Heading down to Cedar city utah.
     
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    Definately thinking about Chaco.
     
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    The show at Chaco was great.
     
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    The show from my front porch was just fine and there were a couple of homebrews (ale, not developer) to go with it. Sun was eclipsed about ten degrees over the Jemez Mtns. against a clear sky after passing behind a small cloud bank.
     
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    Projected eclipse image through 760 mm nikon onto white wall , gave nice sized image.
     
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    Dang, you beat me -- all I had was a 600mm Nikon lens (but just now remembered I had a 12-21-28 TR I could have used!) Stayed at home -- some light clouds with breaks in between. Got a couple shots with the Rolleiflex of eclipses on the side of the house thrown thru the leaves of the plum tree.

    Vaughn
     
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    Good for you! Looking forward to the results
     
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    Chaco was mighty fine. I couldn't believe the crowds though!
     
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    So the negs are washing now so I have time to think this through... is it more important than ever to stick to the principles and silver print before sharing? Or is this one of those exceptions?

    Should I print full-frame on 11x14 as my standard? Or zoom in and print cropped but still blown up to 11x14? Or should I just print postcard sized? All these possibilities...

    I'm leaning towards pulling out the 28mm and going for 11x14 cropped. It's going to be funnnkkkyyyy!
     
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    Stuck to principles. Pulled out the 28mm and went for zoomed-in 11x14 cropped. Galerie 3 Matte. Has a wacky paper negative/bromoil look though it is 100% traditional film and paper.
     
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    It's in the gallery...

    After giving out all kinds of eclipse viewing advice, I wasn't ready to take pictures so here is what I improvised at the last minute...

    Everyone was reaching for their 12 stop ND filters but I don't have anything like that. So I projected an image on black construction paper and photographed the projection on Kodak Panatomic-X with OM-1 and 50mm macro.

    The longest lens I have (short of a telescope that I could have unpacked but the eclipse was already started...) is the LF Dallmeyer Dallon 12". I mounted it on an open cardboard 12 x 9 x 6 box. I was thinking 12 inch focus but mounted it on the 9 inch side. Still not close enough by two inches. Nice telephoto design... 12 inch lens with a 7 inch throw...

    So inside the cardboard box, on a two-inch platform, I taped a sheet of black construction paper. Spent the afternoon wandering the backyard with my head in this contraption. With clear skies, I used ND 2 stop filter and f/64 on the Dallmeyer. Only got the sun in those shots. But when the clouds came in, I found I was able to open the Dallmeyer wide and throw silhouettes of everything on the horizon.

    For the print, I did what I said I'd do. It's the 28mm and with the enlarger at 28 inches, I think I am getting about 24x enlargement on this 11x14 print.