Because I was living in the the path of totality
for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse,
my cousin drove 1,000 miles to photograph, video and experience this breathtaking event from the comfort and convenience of my backyard. He had a pretty interesting setup, using a smartphone for the camera, which was attached to a telescope and remote controlled via a laptop.
I just used my usual camera equipment,
with two filters on the lens — a neutral density
and an infrared
— which together reduced the amount of light hitting the camera sensor by a whopping 22 stops.
Using an intervalometer
I had my camera take a picture of the sun during the eclipse once every 60 seconds. Because I took additional photos off that schedule, I ended up with nearly 150 images. I selected 32 of them, each taken about five minutes apart, to create three different visual presentations of the entire eclipse.
Between myself, my cousin and my wife we used four different cameras (listed below) to take still pictures, and four different cameras to capture video, including a security camera, a dashcam
and a GoPro.
The best photos from each contributor can be seen in this album, along with the three collages.
Exactly a week after the eclipse I looked out the window around 9:30 PM and was astonished to see a red moon, due, I believe, to smoke from the numerous wildfires raging across the state.
I took some pictures from the backyard, and have included the best one here as well.
I put two videos taken during the eclipse on our YouTube channel.
They also appear in the related article — simply follow the link in the next paragraph.