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Show Notes for Episode #47: Photographing the Solar Eclipse with LeMoyne Johnson
– surgeon/physician that got tired of the red tape
– loves to travel
– wanted to do nature and wildlife photography, ended up doing portrait photography
– designed and opened studio in 1999 – Johnson’s PhotoImaging in Bradenton, FL
– portrait studio, camera store (the only one on west coast of FL), photo lab, and classroom
– totally digital
– photo shoots and classes on movie set of “Dry Creek” in Manatee county
About the Eclipse
– This is a Total Eclipse – the sun will be completely covered by the moon, within a certain area that stretches across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina.
– The closer you are to the center of this line, the longer time you have for totality.
– In areas north or south of this swath, there will still be an eclipse, but it won’t be total. In Naples, FL the sun will be 80% covered and the eclipse will occur around 2:45 pm.
– The next total eclipse to fall across the U.S. won’t be until 2099.
– There are several eclipses per year, you just need to be in the right place to view them, although most of them happen over the ocean.
– This eclipse has the moon at the PERFECT distance from the Earth and sun so that is covers completely, creating something called Bailey’s Beads – small reddish spots along the edge of the corona that are actually the extreme edge of mountains and craters on the moon with sunlight glaring through them. These will not be seen through your camera lens, they will only be visible after processing.
– The sun flares that occur at the very edges of either side of totality create an effect called a “Diamond Ring” which may last from 3-5 seconds.
Where LeMoyne Will Be Set Up
– Elbion, NE – population 8,000 is expecting 100,000 people to come to town for the eclipse – they are right on the center line. Time of totality here will be 10 seconds.
– Why Nebraska? 5,000 ft above sea level (high desert plains) means low humidity (about 10%) with a likelihood of cloud cover being only 13%.
Tips for Photographing the Eclipse
– be ready about 2 hours early
– make sure cards are formatted, batteries charged, etc.
– bring a lawn chair to sit in – it will be easier on your neck
– PRACTICE – this is a once in a lifetime event that lasts for only 2 1/2 minutes, you don’t want to be fumbling with filters and lenses and settings in that time, you’ll miss it!
– don’t be discouraged if there are clouds – if you can see a shadow, there’s enough sunlight coming through and you will get SOMETHING
– YOU MUST HAVE EYE PROTECTION AND LENS PROTECTION
it only takes 5 seconds to damage your retinas
See you next week for episode 48!