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on Feb 20, 2008 in Landscape Photography

Had to do it


5:32PM, I head out the door to check the sky, no clouds in the east, there’s a chance. Headed out at 6:15, no hint of the moon. Out again at 6:45, still nothing. I knew the eclipse would be totality at 7:01 so went out one more time at 6:55 and there, in the trees on the ridge was a slight orange edge. The 600VR was sitting on the walk so I grabbed it, got Sharon to come out to direct traffic (I was standing out in the middle of the road) as I made a couple clicks.

This is the combination of two images. I wanted to use the double exposure feature of the D3 but had to move twice for vehicles. The lower image is when the moon just appeared over the mtn behind our home and the 2nd is at 7:08 after the moon had cleared the ridge and was past totality. The images were shot at ISO 1600, f/5.6, spot metered and combined in Photoshop. Fun way to use that new, big lens 🙂

Photos captured by D3, 600VR w/TC-14e on Lexar UDMA digital film.