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2017 Idaho Total Solar Eclipse

2017 Idaho Total Solar Eclipse Monday was the day.  We'd been looking forward to it for over 2 years.  It was the total solar eclipse which passed over Idaho.  We took the opportunity to go out and take some pictures of the event in totality.  Here's what we got that day.

We did our research.  We bought a book with tons of specifics.  I studied it thoroughly.  We bought neutral density filters which would enable me to take photos of the sun without burning out my camera's sensor.  I had to get on a waiting list just to get these filters locally.  I never could get filters for my wide angle lens.  They just didn't come to the store.

I went back and forth between different locations.  I was hoping to get a landscape photograph with the eclipse visible.  With further study, I determined that the sun would be too high for this to be a viable option for shooting pictures of the eclipse.  Then it didn't matter where I went as long as there was a good view of the sky with no clouds.

I practiced shooting photos of the sun before the eclipse just so I would know what to expect.  In short, I felt like I was very prepared for shooting this experience.

Then I got there.  We pulled up to a parking lot in Idaho Falls and settled in for a couple hours of waiting for the sun and the moon to catch each other.  I took photos of the progressing eclipse every 5 minutes with hopes of creating a progression image.

I had heard on the radio before the eclipse reached its peak that stars are visible during totality.  I took a few seconds during totality to check on this for myself.  Sure enough, there were stars appearing.  Ok, they weren't actually stars.  They were planets.  We got to see Venus high in the sky.  What a rare sight it was too.

Then, it came time.  The sun finally caught up to the moon and the skies darkened dramatically.  I got ready for the most frantic 2 minute window of my life as a photographer.  I took several bracketed images in hopes of an HDR at totality.

Just before totality, there were several little children crying.  When totality started, there were cheers from the crowd and someone lit off a firework.  The dogs were not throwing a fit like I thought they would be.

Cramer Imaging's photograph of the "diamond ring" portion of the 2017 Idaho Total Solar Eclipse seconds away from totality
This portion of the eclipse is known as the "diamond ring" as it greatly resembles an actual diamond ring.
It was a wonderful and amazing experience to watch the world drop into twilight around me for a couple minutes while I could look up at the sun for the first time in my life without the pain of too bright light forcing me to look away in split seconds.  It's something I want to repeat at some future date.  There was just one little rub.

I didn't know that I would need to remove my deep dark filters for the moments surrounding and including totality.  On aperture priority mode, the diamond ring portion of the eclipse had a shutter speed of 25 seconds!  That was an eternity when totality finally started.  As a result, my memories are the only photos of totality which I walked away with.

Despite the disappointing results of totality, I was cheered up to find out that I had this shot to work with as a small consolation prize from a once-in-a-lifetime experience.