Photography is my calling.
Photography is my calling.
I bet there will be gazillions of people trying to catch the next solar eclipse in a couple of weeks. The anticipated event is set to have millions of dollars from tourists from Oregon to South Carolina. And it is only for 2 to 3 minutes to see it, but even though it's short, it's unique too.
To see the full totality of it, cities like Lincoln City, Salem, Madras and Baker City are where to be. We will only be able to see it as a partial eclipse at 99.3%. You can also travel at least to Waldport, Oregon to see it at 100%. Even though I will be trying my best to photograph it as a partial eclipse here in town when it happens, I thought it might be fun to create an "artistic composition" of it (pictured above).
So, for those of us remaining in Florence that day, having your solar eclipse glasses handy are a must! I bought ours at the store the other day so we're ready!
Will you be traveling to view the Eclipse?
We thought about going up north a bit, but I can't imagine what the traffic will be like on Highway 101, so we opted to stay in town. Still have to pick out our spot where to shoot it from. Kim and I have never seen an eclipse so this is something we're looking forward to!
If you're curious to know the path of the eclipse, I did some digging and found this interactive map (source: OregonLive.com). It will tell you the duration and timing of the eclipse for any point on the map, down to the millisecond (just note that all times there are in Universal Time, which is seven hours ahead of Pacific Time). And, check out this video below!
So, tell me...where will you be August 21st for the eclipse? Comment below!
Are there mornings when I just don't want to go out shooting? Yes! I sometimes get tired of the hustle bustle and I just want to skip a day, but I learned a valuable lesson many years ago. It was when Kim and I were dating...we went somewhere in Jax and that day, I don't even remember the place, but I decided to leave my camera behind. She kept telling me that I should take it, but my response was that I didn't think there would be anything special to photograph. Well! Was I so wrong?! That day there was plenty to see and no camera. I was mortified! I went out but I wasn't prepared...
When we moved to Oregon, I told myself that I would try not to miss a morning to go out, with my camera, because you just never know what you'll see! Nature changes all the time. This morning when I went out, there was no sunrise but there still was plenty action going on. I followed this egret walking on the dock (above) and with the way the light was, it really was a nice contrast with his white body against the rocks and grass. I enjoy watching them hunt for food.
The other morning when I took this shot, I had never seen the sun look like that before. Because of the fires and fog we've had, it gave me a shot I otherwise wouldn't have if I hadn't gone out that morning with my camera! Look at how beautiful it is!
I just had to get a closer view of the sun so I took this portrait size and the reflection into the water was just breathtaking! I sure wish Kim could get up early and go out with me, I feel like she's missing out on so much beauty, but she's a night owl!
The lesson is yes there are times when I don't always feel like getting dressed to go out, but in the back of my mind, I'm thinking, "there might be something special out there to take a picture of!" So, that's why you just have to get out there! AND bring the camera!
I recently made a sale leaving this little empty space! I like refreshing my wall space at FRAA, keeping things fresh and new is exciting and I think customers who come into the Art Center are looking for new artwork or to see some updates.
So, to fill the space, I chose my print, "Heceta Head Lighthouse in Fog". I'm not necessarily a fan of driving in fog, but I have to admit it gives off a very interesting effect. I've wanted to shoot the lighthouse in fog many times and this one captures the vision I had in my head.
Click the video above to see my introducing it and if you want to know how to find FRAA (Florence Regional Arts Alliance, I got you covered! Play the video below!
"When I found photography, I found my purpose."
New on Facebook