On the afternoon of April 8, 2024, about 95% of the Adirondack Park will be shadowed in the totality of a solar eclipse as the path of totality darkens a swath of the Earth from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, from Mexico to Newfoundland. Having experienced and photographed the August 21, 2017 total eclipse in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Carl Heilman II will share tips and techniques that could help others photograph the 2024 eclipse. Standing in the dusky darkness of totality, and looking up to the dark side of the moon, surrounded by the eerie glow of the sun’s corona is a lifetime experience you will not want to miss.
Having the right equipment and practicing photo techniques ahead of time will allow you to capture stunning eclipse photos, and also be relaxed enough to enjoy this unique experience. The suggested equipment and information will help you photograph the sun at any time, capturing sunspots and other solar features with additional equipment, as well as offer settings for photographing the sun during the eclipse. This is the last total solar eclipse to traverse the continental United States until August 12, 2045.
Photographer, Carl Heilman II, has been photographing the Adirondacks since the mid 1970’s and has been working with digital images since 1997. He has led photo workshops since the early 1990’s and has been presenting photography workshops in Brant Lake since 1997 through Wild Visions, Inc. His coffee table books on the Adirondacks, Lake George, New York State, and Maine have been published by Rizzoli, Voyageur Press, and North Country Books. His AV programs have aired on regional PBS stations, and he was interviewed for the May 2008 national PBS special, ‘The Adirondacks’. His photo techniques book, ‘The Landscape Photography Field Guide’, is a comprehensive handbook about landscape photography techniques. ‘101 Top Tips for Digital Landscape Photography’, published by Ilex Press, and ‘Photographing the Adirondacks’, is a regional guidebook to more than 200 photo locations throughout the Adirondack Park.