For those who saw the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, I hope my music video will re-capture the feeling of watching the awe-inspiring sight.
My 3-minute music video, in 4K resolution, contains still images, time-lapses, and real-time videos I shot from a site north of Driggs, Idaho, in the Teton Valley, looking east toward the Grand Tetons. The site was on the Wydaho Ranch Road off West 5000 Street. I had the site almost to myself, with only a handful of other people up and down the road a few hundred feet away. So no crowds and distractions! The voice you hear is me!
I selected the site in an inspection visit in April 2015. This was the first total solar eclipse of the 16 I have been to since 1979 that I was able to drive to, and thus take all the camera and telescope gear I could handle on eclipse day – for better or worse!
I shot the sequences you see in the video with five DSLR cameras:
• A Canon 6D with a 14mm Rokinon SP lens for a wide-angle time-lapse of the eclipse over the Tetons. It ran on Auto-Exposure taking a frame a second.
• A Nikon D750 with a 12mm Rokinon full-frame fish-eye lens for an ultra-wide time-lapse of the shadow arrival and departure. It also ran on Auto-Exposure taking a frame a second.
• A Canon 1D-c camera with a Canon L-series 200mm lens and 1.4x convertor for real-time 4K video footage of totality, shot for possible use in an upcoming IMAX® movie.
• A Canon 60Da with a Canon 10-22mm EF lens for real-time HD video “selfie” footage, plus for the opening sunrise and setup time-lapses.
• A Canon 6D MkII on an Astro-Physics Traveler 106mm refractor with a 0.85x reducer/flattener for an effective focal length of 500mm at f/5, for rapid fire still images of the partial and total phases. The telescope was on a polar-aligned equatorial mount, the Astro-Physics Mach One.
Processing of the time-lapses was with Adobe Camera Raw and LRTimelapse.
For information on the processing techniques I used, I refer you to my eBook, How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse, available on Apple iBooks Store, on Amazon, and as a direct download PDF from my site at amazingsky.com/eclipsebook.html
Chapter 11 of the eBook outlines all the techniques I used, including stacking multi-exposure “HDR” blends of the corona, and multi-image composites.
Music in the video is the selection “Sun and Stars,” from the 2017 album “Worlds of Wonder” by Audiomachine, and is used by permission through a social media license.
I edited the video with Final Cut X and exported it using Compressor.
Thanks for watching!
The next total solar eclipse in North America is April 8, 2024.