The last time I took a real summer vacation was in 2006, to see a total eclipse in Tobruk, Libya. So, it’s only somewhat coincidental that my next summer vacation would be to see the solar eclipse in Teton Village, Wyoming. Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” by the media and science press, this highly anticipated astronomical event had millions of people who don’t usually care much about science buying “eclipse glasses” and making plans to head to the zone of totality.
Eclipse photography is generally more about technical issues and challenges than art, at least for me, but it is interesting to try and conquer those challenges, for what they teach you about other photography (and Photoshop!). The above images are perhaps incomplete, but I thought it was worth posting something less than perfect as an example of what it takes to take such images to completion. I’d love to see your comments!
I was really looking forward to Photoshop World in Las Vegas this year, not the least because I had signed up for one of the pre-conference workshops, called, “Characters on Location.” The idea was to go on location with a bunch of actors and models, and shoot using a selection of high-end studio lights that are not available to most amateur photographers.
A couple of months after signing up, I learned that the workshop was to be taught by the esteemed Joe McNally, so I was even more excited. Best of all, on the day of the shoot, it turned out we were going to be working at Hardkore Parkour Las Vegas, with a bunch of Cirque du Soleil performers, bodybuilders, and other Extremely Fit People. This was going to be fun!
I’ve posted some of the shots I’m happiest with above. These are pretty much straight out of camera, with only a minimum of retouching on any of them… the models, and the lighting, was that perfect. Much thanks to Joe, Annie Cahill, and the great crew and talent who worked with us all on that day!