I decided to attempt to capture some images of the eclipse at the Bill Emerson Bridge. Immediately before totality first a barge came by and then a train. Of course, we with the all important tripods would never have anticipated the ground shaking train just a few moments before totality. I had to laugh because life always throws surprises at us.
We two strangers enjoyed the eclipse together. We were fabulously moved by the eclipse. However, I was secondly moved by the meeting of strangers, a local photographer, a lady from Jonesboro, Arkansas, and a lady from Roscoe, Illinois. I also met a fine young man and his long time older friend who came all the way from Oklahoma and stayed in our house. What I learned today is that God is good is so many ways, from his ultimate awe-inspiring creation to the way His creation brings people together. We all should get out and about more often.
This is a composition of some of the images I took. At first, there were 705 photos! However, many of the bracketed photos were total black and easily deleted. It took me a long time to go through them to choose.
Here is an animation I put together of the photos I took of the 2017 eclipse. I am happy with what I did on only a 135mm lens. The after totality photos are a bit blurry, so I must not have been in focus as well. This is hard to do! I learned a lot playing with the solar lens. The first time I looked through it and everything was total darkness I almost gave up. It took much practice just to be able to even get something in the viewfinder, much less even figuring out what camera settings to use. So I'm stoked with my experience and my results through my inadequacies. Moreso, I'm stoked at this amazing wonder that testifies to God's glory. Amen? Amen! Thanks for looking!
These are some of the photos during the total eclipse. I failed to reset the focus after taking off my solar filter, so I believe they could have been better. However, I can see a red ring on some of them. With a 135mm lens not able to zoom in close enough, I am happy with my feeble results.
Here are photos I took of the Cape Girardeau bridge immediately before and immediately after totality. What an amazing day to see God's creation in perfection. To Him be the glory! I am working on an animation of my photos and hoping it works.