About the shots
So there I was in North Georgia, USA for the eclipse. I picked the town of Dillard because I knew what was there and found my spot, parked and set up. The eclipse started and about 30 minutes before totality this massive black cloud moved in. I looked and determined there was no way the cloud would be out of the way in time to see eclipse in totality. So I asked my friend to sit in the front seat of my Explorer. I removed the Canon 400mm f2.8 lens (big & heavy) with a 2X converter along with a 7" monitor, so I could see without damaging my eyeballs, and took all of this and had him hold it on his lap. I then put all of the other gear into the back. I then got into the car and applied full throttle up to the speed limit looking for where I needed to go to not have cloud issues. As you can see I did not find what I was looking for.
Normally when this happens (clouds, not an eclipse) I'll just get out a Sunbounce reflector and using the silver side too get enough light on the model and keep going. But this was bit different. We wound up driving into North Carolina.
So by now I'm rapidly running out of time, so I stop, get out, reassemble the gear and manage to squeeze off a few images, see below. During totality we could not see the sun so I grabbed another camera and my 8-15mm zoom fish-eye lens, setting it to 8mm in order to allow me to shoot 180° angle of view. By aiming the lens straight up I was able to shoot the horizon to capture the full circle "Sunset" effect.
The Gear for the top image:
Canon camera, 1/250 second shutter speed, 100 ISO using a
Canon 400mm lens set to f20 using a
Canon 2X Converter III (making the 400mm lens an effective 800MM focal length lens) with a
SmallHD 7' monitor (to allow me to look at the sun without risking my eyeballs) attached to an
O'Connor fluid head
using a set of wood sticks (tripod).
The Gear for the bottom image (Round):
Canon camera 1/30 second shutter speed, 12,800 ISO, this will give photographers an idea how dark it was, using a
Canon 8mm-15mm zoom fish-eye lens set to 8mm using f4
FYI: The Canon 8-15mm lens can be set
to a wider focal length from 15mm and still fill the full frame of a full frame camera. I put the lens on a FF (Full Frame) body and rotated the zoom ring until I could see the corners barely vignetting. I then cut a very small piece of orange tape and lined one side next to the focal length hash mark and added an arrow (see photo below). Now I just grab the fish eye and if I need to be wider than 15mm, I rotate the ring to the orange tape and get about 13.5mm. If this slight vignetting bothers you, use 14mm.
You may ask why bother for a silly 1.5mm? At this end (Really short glass) each mm is a lot. If this was on a 400mm lens, the extra 1.5mm would likely not be discernible, 1.5 mm on this lens, the difference is pronounced.
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