“…conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”Abraham Lincoln. 11/19/1863
Well, just because.
My little “corner of the world.” Stay safe everybody.
So I’ve arrived at that point in life where I can remember growing up with things and experiences and an entirely new generation can’t relate. Sure there are those people who talk about certain things/experiences like they know. They don’t know. You’ve seen those lists and probably videos of products that millenials didn’t grow up with like cassette tapes, rotary home phones, home phones, the “pound sign,” 8-track casettes, Mickey butters, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, dial-up modems, floppy discs, Nick from Family Ties, Family Ties, console TVs, answering machines, Kodak disc cameras – good grief, the list goes on and on. Now, I’m not saying kids these days don’t know about these things – they just didn’t grow up with them. There’s a difference. I was reminded recently when my sister got an air popcorn popper and had no idea how to use it. It was fascinating to watch all her friends taking pictures and video (from their new-fangled smart phones no less!).
Good grief I feel old. Now, get off my lawn!
Simply felt like a scene out of the movies. I’m in a big, overgrown field (alone), photographing the landscape and out of nowehere the massive lightning storm erupts before me. And just like in the movies, I’m telling myself “I gotta shoot this. Just 5 more minutes.” Have I not watched enought TV and movies to know better!!!
So along with about 5 million other people (give or take), I traveled to the path of totality. How could I miss something like that? Many thanks to my friend Brian Clark for motivating me to travel with him and his kids to experience it. I may not have come away with the best images, but I experienced it. It was all worth it. The distance traveled, the traffic, the waiting. Icing on the cake? There’s another one in 2024. I’ll see you there!
In the meantime, here are some notes to my future self so I don’t forget (the beauty of an online journal, right?):
- Use the same camera to shoot both partial and total (the other camera is a backup)
- Avoid extenders if at all possible.
- Get a solar filter for the longest focal length.
- Practice. Actually practice. It may seem silly, but now you know.
- Take time away from the viewfinder and experience it.
- A sturdy/hefty tripod ballhead is your best friend.
- All camera bodies you use need a fully articulating LCD viewfinder.
- Go ahead and rent that camera body you really wanted to rent this time around – it’ll be worth it.
One of my workflow tricks as a photographer (now that I kinda know what I’m doing) is to not dive right into my edits right away. I wait a while and edit later. I let some time pass between when I shoot and when I edit. I can’t really articulate why this is, but I just know that if I’m too eager to jump into the edit it’s not as creative as when I wait plus it’s a bonus when I go back through my images and find ones I forgot I shot. Of course, with thos pesky deadlines looming this isn’t always practical.