Why are people all looking to take the same photo?

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  1. chuasam

    chuasam Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Along much of the United States, there will be a solar eclipse on the 21st of August.

    Everyone seems to be scrambling to get solar filters...or risk their gear and eyesight and attempt to stack ND filters.

    Why is everyone trying to get the same boring photo of the eclipse? NASA will get a far better shot. Why not just look at that one and simply enjoy the moment. Take something original about the eclipse.

    A photo of the shadows cast by trees. A photo of the crowds.

    Why do people feel compelled to take the same photo?


     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    For the experience of it.
     
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    You got me...

    Doesn't seem worth getting a solar filter that you probably won't ever use again. I just hope next week there aren't reports of people having vision loss from trying to do this. Reports are out there about glasses sold that are knockoffs and won't work, and I hope too that people don't try using those.
     
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    zombiesniper The camera takes the Pic. I just point the way. Supporting Member

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    I'm going to watch it on NASA's live stream.
     
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    Yeah, um, our camera store is full of those people all week with today being a mad house!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Thank you for this. You're right, 100%.
     
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    chuasam Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Same here. And I look forward to selling a whole bunch of new cameras on Tuesday ;)
     
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    And used solar filters?? bet those won't be worth much by Tuesday.
     
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    I plan in putting on the lens cap, turning the camera off and putting it in my bag

    I would much rather have the joy of experiencing the entire event as opposed to catching glimpses of it when screwing around with a camera.

    Even those who have produced the most stunning images of an eclipse will say thier renditions simply pale in comparison to the real thing.

    The Powers That Be have given us a rare chance to see such a wondrous event. My thinking is..... why screw it up with a stupid camera?
     
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    I'll be at work. We're not in the totality zone so it won't be much more than I've seen before.
     
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    coworker who isn't working that day is gonna get an interesting series.
    He's planning at pointing the camera at the city and doing a 2 hour time lapse of the sky darkening and brightening.
    See! I can get behind that.
     
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    Since I have two toddlers, I don't want to risk teaching them "it's okay to look at the sun if you have these special sunglasses on," because I know it'll soon become, "I can look at the sun with regular sunglasses on! Or no sunglasses!"

    Instead, I'm going to try to make one of those pinhole camera-type contraptions, and maybe let the kids play around with the colander, and see how that works. Maybe we can try tracing the shadow of the eclipse as it progresses or something. Not sure yet.

    It is just a partial eclipse here, though. I'd be really into getting "the shot" if it were a full eclipse, I think. Because how many people can say they have a shot like that? I've taken pictures of every lunar eclipse and blood moon since I got into photography, even back when all I had was a nifty fifty. (Spoiler alert: you can't take good photos of the moon with a nifty fifty. :p However, it will still look better than your friends' cell phone shots on Facebook, so you've got that going for you.)
     
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