This was my first experience with a total solar eclipse, which, like so many of us, I wanted to get good photos of... Yet, at the same time, I wanted to experience this spellbinding event. So making a few adjustments to my advance planning would have helped get a few shots I wanted and allowed me to enjoy the eclipse just a bit more...
I would have planned better how I was going to take a few landscape shots at totality, showing the eclipsed sun above and the darkened landscape below. I had a decent point-and-shoot camera for this, but failed to think about turning the flash setting to "off." When the flash went off on my first try, I fumbled trying to find the flash setting and simply decided not to waste any more precious seconds experiencing totality...and didn't get the landscape shot.
I would have also planned to switch my DSLR (my main eclipse camera) to continuous shooting during the last minute before totality so that I could simply press the button on the camera or the remote control moments before totality for multiple shots to get a better chance at Baily's Beads or the Diamond Ring.
As it was, I did get one Diamond Ring shot, but the diamond was only about 1/4 carat!
Still....I was satisfied by the photos I got and awed by the 2:38 of totality I experienced in western Kentucky.
That experience itself was actually the most important thing, believe it or not!!