Photography is my calling.
Photography is my calling.
Where did the summer go?! Time is moving so fast that I can hardly keep my breath. However, there's a lot I like about Fall: the changing colors and the cooler temps. I like to travel mostly during this time of year too. Kim and I have a long list of places we plan to go.
As a business owner, my thoughts are a lot on how to produce better quality prints, how to make the website easy for customers to order, what photos to shoot, and what exhibits and shows to be in. We try to discuss these in our meetings as we look at next year.
The Fall time makes me realize that it's time to start looking at next year's plans. I'm not a big organizer like Kim is but there are goals I have that I hope to accomplish like:
Our travel plans aren't set in stone yet, but some of the places on our bucket list are: Crater Lake, Sisters, Astoria, Gold Beach, and we want to take a 2nd trip to Cannon Beach too. I know summer came and went, but I admit I'm looking forward to what Fall will bring!
After a day of importing photos of the eclipse and post processing, I can finally sit down and collect my thoughts. I just have one word... AMAZING! It didn't start out that way though and in fact I was getting frustrated with the thick fog thinking I wouldn't see it at all. Kim kept telling me to have faith that God would burn it off, but it was hard for me to believe. As a photographer, you want the best shots possible and that means cooperation from the weather.
We drove around town to find a place to park it but everywhere was covered with fog. Finally, I drove back to the boardwalk and resigned to wait and see what I would see... God moved in a huge way.
Sometimes, you have to let go of the frustration.
I don't get too hung up on things I can't change, but yesterday I was so upset because I had been preparing for this day for weeks and I so wanted to not only capture the eclipse on print, but to see it too. I found myself actually getting angry and then I prayed silently.
Just then, the fog then burned off the skies brightened up, the sun started beating down on us and through our solar glasses we saw the moon begin to move over it. Kim said it looked like a big cookie with bite marks. God reminded me that He's in control, not me. So why get upset at something I can't change?, that's a subject for another blog post.
It was also incredible that traffic was light and I was the only photographer out there with a tripod setup. It didn't bother me that we would only see 99.3% totality. As it got dark, the temps got cooler and it was incredible to see how dark it got at around 10:00 in the morning. I was taking the shots but believe me, I was also looking and praising God how amazing He is to create the sun and the moon. If ever I wonder why He sent us here from Florida, I shall remember this day.
I also was able to shoot a short video and in case you didn't catch it, click below!
Where were you yesterday??
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!
"When I found photography, I found my purpose."
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