Old 03-24-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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I know it seems like it will be forever from now, but on August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse over some of the US. I was wondering how you could artistically use the eclipse for rail photography. I don't know what y'all think, but I think it is a pretty fabulous opportunity for some pretty cool shots.

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If you have a stopped train, perhaps. You'd have to be very lucky to time it out so you see a train while the eclipse is going on. With the best part of the total eclipse occurring around 1:30pm in the east (with the sun almost straight overhead), it's going to be almost impossible to include the sun and a train in the same shot. Plus, why would you waste the time taking cloudy, dark-looking train shots instead of checking out the eclipse, something not seen in the US for four decades.

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Who cares... the world is going to end in 2012 so this is all academic
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I was wondering how you could artistically use the eclipse for rail photography. I don't know what y'all think, but I think it is a pretty fabulous opportunity for some pretty cool shots.
I've actually photographed during a near-total eclipse of the sun. (Not trains.) Things actually look pretty normal - shadows are largely the same, and your eyes dilate to compensate for the change in light.

That's probably one reason there really are only two types of eclipse shots: of the sun itself, and of geeky-looking people in funny glasses looking up.

So look for opportunities to include the sun in the shot, or get the crew some charcoal glasses
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I was at work for a partial eclipse and it was one of them with no humidity, Blue sky just was Blue as you can get with sharp shadows as only 1/3 of the sun made them pinpoint. By all means go if you can! Boy I tried to get off work.
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With the best part of the total eclipse occurring around 1:30pm in the east (with the sun almost straight overhead), it's going to be almost impossible to include the sun and a train in the same shot.
Luckily by then we will all be photographing hover-trains so we will be shooting upwards anyway. However, all submitted shots will be automatically rejected for "high sun" and "distracting shadow (moon)".
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I doubt any of us will be outside during the daylight anyway under this new health care law. Sun leads to skin cancer, so all activity will be restricted to night. And, no, you can't go out during the eclipse because there's the potential you could hurt your eyes and we can't have that...
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high sun reject obviously
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I know it seems like it will be forever from now, but on August 21, 2017,
Thanks for the heads up. I'd better mark my calendar before I forget.
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I did that in 1993 (?) at Bryan, Ohio with Kodachrome 25. It looks like a clear day and you got zapped by that one annoying cloud.
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I did that in 1993 (?) at Bryan, Ohio with Kodachrome 25. It looks like a clear day and you got zapped by that one annoying cloud.
Yeah it was darker than normal? 2 stops. Like looking thru a polarizer with deep blue sky. I can see you not liking it with K25 with the loss of light. What % did you have? I had 1/2 to 3/4.
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A partial eclipse and a total eclipse are very different in brightness (it is not linear for some reason, it gets pretty dark suddenly when the moon finally eclipses the sun) The brightness of the eclipse is approximately as bright as a full moon.

@JimT: Um, do I sense a touch of sarcasm?
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