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The Moon in Motion - Eclipse from Idaho and the Tetons

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#1 Phil Hart

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 07:10 AM

Good things come to those who wait.. grin.gif

 

It's 21 months since my 12 cameras and 400 pound expedition from Australia to the Great American Eclipse. Around a busy job, it has taken me all that time to figure out the image processing and video editing skills to produce this video (have logged about 200 hours.. and there's plenty more that didn't get recorded). 🌙 And so with just a couple of weeks now till the next Total Solar Eclipse hits Chile and Argentina on 2nd July, I thought it was high time I release this video:

 

https://vimeo.com/337273052 (now a 'Staff Pick')

 

More info: http://philhart.com/the-moon-in-motion

 

Thanks for watching!

Phil

 

Third Contact plus Corona.jpg

 

Third Contact Composite.jpg

 

Borg and 300mm.jpg

 

Telescope and Sun South Menan Butte Eclipse-6871-L.jpg

 

 

Here's the full list of cameras at each of the four locations I established:

 

South Menan Butte, Idaho

#1 Canon 5D Mark IV, Takahashi FS-102 telescope (1300mm, f13).
#2 Canon 5D Mark IV, Borg 77 EDII telescope (550mm, f7).
#3 Canon 6D, Pentax 300mm f4 ED IF lens. Wide view of corona.
#4 Canon 5D Mark IV, 24mm lens. Wide view of approaching shadow.
#5 Canon 6D, 24-70mm lens. 'On-location' view of telescope and Sun.
#6 Canon 6D Mark II, 14mm lens. 4K timelapse of eclipse.
#7 Canon G1X Mark II. Timelapse video scenes of crowd.
#8 Canon 5D Mark IV, Sigma ART 14mm lens for panorama.

The cameras used with the telescopes were automated with Eclipse Maestro on Mac (#1) and Eclipse Orchestrator on PC (#2). Most other cameras were operated with timer remotes, with cameras at the remote locations below setup and counting down to the moment of eclipse automatically 2-3 days in advance.

 

Beaverhead Range looking over Snake River Plain, Idaho

#9 Canon 5D Mark IV, 8-15mm fisheye for wide view of Moon's shadow in sky.

 

Summit of Table Mountain, Wyoming looking over Teton Range (view the full story)

#10 Canon 5D Mark IV, Samyang 14mm lens.

 

North Menan Butte, Eclipse Composite

#11 Canon 1100D with 18-55mm lens (at 24mm).
#12 Canon 6D Mark II with Samyang 35mm lens.


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 07:31 AM

Amazing, beautiful work!


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 07:45 AM

No wonder it's a staff pick. This has to be the best video I have seen as far as the amount of detail you captured. It's like viewing in high defination.

 

Great job. 


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 07:51 AM

Spectacular! Thanks!    Tom


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:18 AM

Thanks for capturing and producing this, Phil.  It brings back memories of watching the event from Columbia, South Carolina.  The wide area sequences do a great job of capturing the feel of it!

 

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:18 AM

Shall we expect more from this years eclipse? I’ll happily wait two more years. Fantastic work! Your pre-planning and post production work are clearly world class!


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:58 AM

Most amazing eclipse images yet! I'm just wrapping up my painting of the eclipse over the Tetons as well... hard to believe we've been working on our projects for 21 months, passion takes patience!
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Posted 16 June 2019 - 10:22 AM

Thanks for the wonder filled views of the eclipse.


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 01:06 PM

Well done Phil! Never too late. Thanks for sharing!


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:15 PM

Thanks for the "Flash Back". Excellent production waytogo.gif


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 07:44 AM

Thanks Tim, Allan, Tom, Bob, deepwoods, Luca, Herman, t-image, Dave. Appreciate the kind words!

I won't be at the July eclipse unfortunately - I'm not ready to start another processing journey of this scale :-) - but I look forward to seeing what others capture from South America. 

 

cheers

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 08:27 AM

This is stunning. The best set of video and still images I have seen from the 2017 eclipse. I also traveled to the US for this eclipse, but my image is far from the level of yours. Thank you for sharing.

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 11:12 AM

Just fantastic. Definitely the best.  I travelled to Wyoming for the Eclipse, your video is a nice reminder of how beautiful it was.

 

The Super HDR Composite pic  (the first in this post) is amazing. Can you tell me how many exposures (and their duration) went into that pic? Thanks.


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 08:20 PM

Phil,

 

Simply fantastic! Wow, this is amazing.

 

The images over the Tetons are my favorite. My wife and I were close to there in Idaho Falls, ID.


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:55 PM

Phil,

Don't want to hijack the thread of people giving positive kudos,

but 12 cameras are a lot of data points.

One of the most surreal and once-lifetime experience of the TSE was the eerie change in real-world 'white balance' during totality.

Like how there is the golden hour and blue hour with very distinct natural lighting balance/temperature,

but this one was a different cast, maybe a little greenish?

 

With processing maybe not immediately noticeable,

but I'm wondering if you have any RAW data of the landscapes that without normalizing a white balance could bear witness to this....

 

If I had it to do again I'd take images of a color calibration chart during the sequence............

And maybe not all TSE's (since they often are different) would exhibit this phenomenon.....

 

 

Cheers!


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 04:28 AM

Just fantastic. Definitely the best.  I travelled to Wyoming for the Eclipse, your video is a nice reminder of how beautiful it was.

 

The Super HDR Composite pic  (the first in this post) is amazing. Can you tell me how many exposures (and their duration) went into that pic? Thanks.

 

Thanks. I captured around 86 images during totality on the FS-102 with 1.6x extender (1300mm f13) and Canon 5D Mark IV using Eclipse Maestro. This was made up of ~43 bracketed images from 1/2000 sec to 6 secs, plus ~20 exposures at 1/80 sec and another 20 at 1/800 sec. The exposures at the short end of the range did not help the final image much (except for the prominences).

 

The main layers in Photoshop that created this image were PixInsight integrations of the following batches of images:

 

32 frames 1/160-1/25 sec (mostly 20 frames at 1/80)

4 frames 1/15 to 1/10 sec

8 frames 1/6 to 1/2 sec

4 frames 0.6 to 1.0 sec

 

Hope that helps.

 

Phil


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:08 AM

Phil,

Don't want to hijack the thread of people giving positive kudos,

but 12 cameras are a lot of data points.

One of the most surreal and once-lifetime experience of the TSE was the eerie change in real-world 'white balance' during totality.

Like how there is the golden hour and blue hour with very distinct natural lighting balance/temperature,

but this one was a different cast, maybe a little greenish?

 

With processing maybe not immediately noticeable,

but I'm wondering if you have any RAW data of the landscapes that without normalizing a white balance could bear witness to this....

 

If I had it to do again I'd take images of a color calibration chart during the sequence............

And maybe not all TSE's (since they often are different) would exhibit this phenomenon.....

 

 

Cheers!

Thanks - I've sent you a download link for a raw file from each wide camera. Let me know what you think!

 

Phil


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Posted 22 June 2019 - 11:17 PM

Phil, this is an absolutely epic piece of work.  I watched the video first before reading anything about the workflow, and could immediately tell that it was a gargantuan amount of work with multiple cameras, all strategically located.  Thankfully you were rewarded with a perfect day weather-wise.  The images of the Tetons are spectacular, and the entire production is truly one of the best I've seen.  Well worth the two years of processing time! 



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Posted 23 June 2019 - 01:15 AM

Phil, this is an absolutely epic piece of work.  I watched the video first before reading anything about the workflow, and could immediately tell that it was a gargantuan amount of work with multiple cameras, all strategically located.  Thankfully you were rewarded with a perfect day weather-wise.  The images of the Tetons are spectacular, and the entire production is truly one of the best I've seen.  Well worth the two years of processing time! 

hi Tom

 

Thanks for taking the time to view and enjoy the video and share your thoughts here. I appreciate it!

 

Phil




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