solar eclipse

by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 09/22/2023
Solar eclipses are awesome spectacles of nature that are irresistible to photographers. Besides eclipses, the star at the center of our solar system is an amazing photographic subject—even when it is not being partially or totally blocked by the moon. If you want to photograph a solar eclipse, or just photograph the source of our fragile planet’s warmth and light, you need a
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 04/26/2023
Our sun, the star at the center of our Solar System, is a fantastic subject for both viewing and photographing and humans have been viewing it since the beginning of time. A special form of solar viewing is the solar eclipse. There are few experiences in nature as awe inspiring as an eclipse—solar or lunar—when the Earth, sun, and moon align. If you want to observe and study the sun, B&H has what you need to do it safely and do it
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/09/2023
Save the date! On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the Americas will be treated to a spectacular annular solar eclipse. Many of you might remember the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse that crossed the United States from the Northwest to the Southeast. That was a grandiose total solar eclipse during which the sun was completely obscured by the moon. The October 2023 event is an annular eclipse, producing a “ring of fire” that will cross from the West Coast and head Southeast through Texas. SAFTEY FIRST! Do NOT view a solar eclipse with unprotected
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/09/2023
Save the date! On Monday, April 8, 2024, North America will be treated to a spectacular total solar eclipse. Many of you remember the 2017 Great American Solar eclipse that crossed the United States from the northwest to the southeast. This solar eclipse will cross the country from the south and head to the northeast. Eclipse photographs © Todd Vorenkamp Safety First Do NOT view a solar eclipse with unprotected eyes. Permanent damage to your vision may occur. Special eclipse viewing glasses are needed to protect your vision. The protection
by Christopher Witt ·Posted 08/30/2017
My car companion for the last two hours, and B&H Social Media Manager, Michael Hollender handles our SUV deftly around a bend in the dry dirt road. As we clear the hill, we see the recently vacated cow pasture below us. Nestled in the desert valley is a colony of dedicated workers frantically erecting stages, scaffolds, and tents of all sizes. The gentle whir of a generator can be heard across the field. Above photograph © Michael Hollender
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/03/2023
The closest you will ever get to an out-of-this-world experience while standing on terra firma is during a total solar eclipse. I have experienced two partial eclipses in my life before August 21, 2017, and both were memorable, but they were nothing like what happened on the 21st. Here is what I experienced, as well as some photographic lessons learned. The Setup My girlfriend, Jaime, and I end up in Nashville, TN, standing off to the side of the EN Peeler Park’s model airplane runway. We arrive an hour before the start of the eclipse to set
by Yael Kasnett ·Posted 08/17/2023
Pssst... Hey, you! Have you heard that the sun is going to disappear from the sky momentarily, and be replaced by a giant shadow? And that this does not signify the end of the world? Relax, doomsday preppers—it’s just a solar eclipse, and they happen all the time. Well, not all the time, but a lot of the time. Well, maybe not as often as that. To be factual, they happen about twice a year. Photographers, videographers, and hordes of spectators will be out soon, on
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 08/17/2023
When viewing or photographing the sun, or any phase of a partial solar eclipse, remember that you MUST observe safe practices to prevent damage to your eyes and/or equipment (but mostly to your eyes). NEVER look directly at the sun with your naked eyes. Permanent damage to your eyesight, up to and including blindness, may result. During a total solar eclipse, eye protection is NOT required during periods of totality when the viewer is in the path of totality. Totality is bookmarked by the “diamond ring effect.” Annular eclipses, even
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 08/17/2023
Is the solar-photography filter a one-trick (or eclipse) pony? After the solar eclipse, does your solar-photography filter become a paperweight, a forgotten photo accessory in the bottom of your drawer, or is it destined for the classified section of a local newspaper in the path of the next eclipse? Before you retire your solar filter, know that you can use it for a few interesting things before the next eclipse! Generally, a neutral density (
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 08/10/2017
Are you ready for the August 21, 2017 North American Solar Eclipse? You'd better be! And, if you are on this blog, you are likely going to be taking photographs of the event and, because this is 2017, you will want to share them on social media. So, here is the brief, official unofficial B&H Photo social media guide to the big show! Whom should you follow? 1. NASA and NASA EDGE Your tax dollars are hard at work—doing some really cool stuff! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration cares deeply about the sun and moon daily—not just
by Christopher Witt ·Posted 07/31/2017
As a member of the B&H team going on the road trip to Oregon to cover the eclipse (plus the resident uber-nerd amateur astronomer and the guy who’s been writing a lot of articles about the solar eclipse), I’m here with a reminder to grab your kit for the big show on August 21st early, before supplies run out (you don’t want to be waiting for the delivery truck on the day of the eclipse hoping it comes to your door before you miss it). If you need some
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/24/2023
What is the best lens focal length for photographing the total solar eclipse? Well, there really isn’t a correct answer to that question. There are many factors involved, so let’s outline some options for different types of cameras and budgets. Above: The Hinode satellite X-ray telescope mission captures the January 6, 2011 solar eclipse. © JAXA/NASA. Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti took a series of photographs
by Christopher Witt ·Posted 08/17/2023
When it comes to Earth’s relationship to the sun, a great deal of mystery and misconception abound in our little spot in the solar system. In advance of the upcoming eclipses, happening on October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024, I’m here to demystify and debunk the fiction and present
by Christopher Witt ·Posted 03/29/2017
The scientific community in general, and astronomy in particular, is all abuzz these days as the hype builds for the upcoming North American Eclipse, happening on August 21. Between my position here at B&H and my personal interest in astronomy, I’ve been talking about this event for almost a year to my friends and colleagues, and I’ve found that people have a lot of questions about solar eclipses. Sure, we’ve all heard about solar eclipses, but how many of us have actually done research on them? I’m thinking that the answer is “not many.”
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 04/19/2023
If there were ever an event that the entire family should enjoy together, it is the rare majesty of a solar eclipse. Solar eclipses, be they partial, annular, or total, are not entirely rare events, but, before 2017 it had been almost 100 years since the last total eclipse transited North America from coast to coast, and it had been almost 40 years since the last time a total eclipse could be viewed from the United States. In fact, most of Earth's citizens have never witnessed a total solar eclipse. Let's talk about how to view a solar eclipse