2017 Solar Eclipse – Totality Zone
On August 21st, 2017, the nation came together under one singular spectacular event… The Coast to Coast, US Solar Eclipse!
In reality, solar eclipses occur on some point of the globe every 18 months. This one on the other hand, took on a particularly unique life of it’s own. For the first time since 1979, this totality transversed the contiguous United States and Millions flocked to the 70 mile wide path of totality to experience the event for themselves.
Needless to say, it was a pretty big deal.
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to visit this totality zone myself. You see, my family on both my side and my wife’s, reside in that magnificent path. Which is an interesting coincidence in and of itself. And through this access, I had not one, but two rural locations to stay and enjoy, without the burden of exorbitant hotel bills and outlandish traffic jams.
On this go, I went to the area my wife is from and figure I will return to my homeland, when it comes back through Carbondale in 2024.
It’s difficult to put in words the feeling you get when you experience full totality in person. There is this growing suspense, rising for an hour prior, requiring an hour to level yourself out after. An eerie calm that falls on the land just before the moon situates itself directly in front of the sun. In those moments, a since of seemingly colorless light envelopes you, arraying shadows across the ground like flickering currents on the surface of moving water. In seconds, it comes and immediately disappears as the world around you shifts fully to night. The worst part, it won’t return again for another 18 months and even then, it won’t necessarily be in the same place on Earth.
It’s simply a kick ass sight to behold and by the very definition of recording history, the moment demanded a camera.
With this in mind, I pulled my gear out, got a position and began firing.
It needs to be noted, things ended up requiring some resourcefulness… See, I didn’t at first see the need for a solar filter. I figured my good old Wielders Glass would do the trick.
But after some mulling over, albeit far too late, I realized a #10 was not sufficient. That’s okay though, because I am nothing if not capable of making things work.
My mother in law was very prepared in her needs, as opposed to myself – and picked up a number of solar glasses for the family. Far too many than what would be needed. So I decided to throw together a contraption that would resolve this issue.
So I grab some printer paper, scissors, masking tape and the lens hood for my XF50-140mm and got to work.