Offleash photography: Blog en-us (C) Offleash photography (Offleash photography) Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:19:00 GMT Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:19:00 GMT Offleash photography: Blog 90 120 Solar Eclipse 2017  

My Solar eclipse adventure.....

Total Solar eclipse 2017Total Solar eclipse 2017This is a composite of 13 images from the solar eclipse 2017 taken in Central Oregon.. A truly fantastic experience! On August 21, 2017 the Solar Eclipse spectacle occurred in my own backyard (practically).. The hype of the crowds coming to central Oregon drove me and most of my home town of Bend to clear out Safeway and Costco of bottled water, and to truly use up the gas available in the gas stations by 4 days before the event! The crowds passed through Bend enroute to Prineville and Madras, and left our streets a bit eerie really! So, In Bend there was supposed to be 99.7% totality..round up to 100% right?? not quite. I decided the morning of the eclipse to trek over to a spot WEST of Sisters area which was in 100% totality, really not knowing if I would get stuck in traffic, not be able to find a place to view the event... I left home at 5:30 AM and found myself at my desired spot by 6:20! WOW! I felt lucky and a little chagrined to have been so concerned that the crowds would be insane.. well, I discovered none of that.. I also was fortunate to find that the huge vexing Milli fire that was burning with little containment outside of Sisters was not going to be an issue.. The smoke was blowing south....But as I drove through Sisters I almost turned around...

smoky morning enroute to the viewing!smoky morning enroute to the viewing! BUT!! Fortunately I did not turn around and continued on to Black Butte Ranch, Blue sky and a hint of smoke in the (ok more than a hint) But good visibility!! My BFF's family was there so I sheepishly texted... Ummm,,, I decided to come up! I'm here!! ...6:30 am.. 

So, off to find my spot.. I found a great spot looking southeast and set everything up... Attached my brand new Solar filter and peered at my live view screen... so cool!! With setting set on manual. with a remote shutter I started the process. All of the Images before and after the totality are taken on the same setting... ISO 320,f7.1,shutter speed 1/2000, 400 mm on a crop sensor effectively giving me 640 mm.. The other thing that was important was finding my infinity setting ON THIS LENS the night before and taping it so my images would be in focus.. (THANK YOU AARON BAGGENSTOS for teaching me this trip in Alaska prepping for Northern Lights)...

 So, the show began... click, click....MANY, MANY images later, as the temperature dropped and I reached for my sweatshirt, as an eerie quiet (except for the other people close by) enshrouded the field I was in, as the moon was passing in front of the sun...TOTALITY!.. quick to remove the solar filter and then capture as many images using different shutter speeds as possible for the very brief minute of totality... from 1/60 to 1/ capture different aspects of the corona..


Filter back on..I can breathe.. Over in the adjacent field the horses were really unnerved by the whole thing.. Many stood looking up transfixed, then as the light slowly returned they ran and kicked and acted to each other...then slowly, when the full light returned went back to their business of grazing...

Horses reaction to day becoming night and then Day againHorses reaction to day becoming night and then Day again Horses reaction to day becoming night and then Day again

So, all in all it was an experience and a photo adventure I will never forget and am so glad I went for the extra 3%...Yep... it made all the difference.. Isn't that a life lesson right there!!! If you are going to do it, whatever it is ..go out and do it right, leave it all on the field.. 


Sitting, waiting....Sitting, waiting....Sitting over;ooking the smokey haze, waiting for day to become night to become day IT'S DARK!!!!IT'S DARK!!!!



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Finding center... When the world feels like it is coming apart at the seams, the one thread that holds it together is the rhythm of nature. This cadence, this deep breath in and out, the flutter of wings, the crisp scent of winter... brings me home to a place of peace.  Such turmoil in our world and so much loss and sadness recently makes me need to go out and find the core, the center of meaning... and that is being outdoors and photographing and soaking in the wondrous sites around me. I escaped last week for 24 hours, just me and one of my dogs, to the Klamath Basin to reconnect with that which is real.  Alone at sunrise, the sounds of the swans and Ross' geese flocking in by the hundreds,thousands even! the cacophony!! And coyotes howling !! These sites and sounds have an effect of calming peace. Try it sometime....

Klamath Calm Klamath Calm


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Anticipation!!! Day 1 LOOOONG travel Day! iphone says.......12:10,1:38,2:18,3:08,3:30  AM...what the heck, I'm awake anyway! Into the shower. 

It's so early Bodhi doesn't even wake up, Andhi stands at the door groggy, tail wagging slowly. I can see it's definitely cookie anticipation on his part..but my anticipation this early morning is big...BIG!!  It's the  Cheetah in the Dry Grass August 2010, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania going on a trip excitement !!!I I remember how it used to feel when Mom and Dad would wake us at zero dark thirty, pile Robin and I in the back seat ...groggy, stomach acidy and churning at the unexpected hour. Then the realization that we were on a 12 hour car trip to the Metolius.River and our cabin...that meant days horseback riding, fishing, walking to the little rustic store for penny candy..When we remember WHY we are up so early, is when the comic books come out, and the waiting for the breakfast stop for pancakes at bill and kathies on I5. As life's turns and twists have it I am starting this trip from the Metolius,or not too far from there really, and heading halfway across the world. To Kenya. My second trip to the African continent, my first 4 1/2 years ago to Tanzania.. Compliments of my inheritance from mom and dad . All four of us went on that journey and it was truly a memory for all of us to hold dear forever.....or I should say many memories bound by the long travel on both sides! On Facebook yesterday one of my friends said that Africa travel is response was Tanzania was my first pull, but a photography expedition to Kenya is a definite Gateway drug!!!

 So, today I am off on a solo trip, solo as far as the family goes...this one is about my passion for the wild, the animals that inspire me to see them, try to really see them in their own  environment.. They allow us to enter their world, to watch and wonder. And photograph. Something so compelling to me about a moment frozen in time. A blurring frenzied rush of wings or a simple essential moment of rest. A maternal gaze that crosses species, that cloak of protection every mother casts over her babes. I love to see this connection, I love to know that the sentiment is so familiar. The essence of life, the basics shown brilliantly in wildlife. I recognize the emotion, watching a huge mama Grizzly and her cubs knowing that today she must feed them, she has to work for it and nothing will stop her pursuit. Of course, our human dilemma is different, at least in "the first world". But the bare essentials are the very same. We need to care for, teach, protect and provide for our young. So, this trip is about immersing in moments, capturing those moments of basic living that make us remember... We are not so different.


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