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08/21/17 - The Total Solar Eclipse is here! Let's just hope the weather holds

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It's foggy in Charleston.. and there's going to be clouds! Time to drive across all of South Carolina to get to our new primary viewnig location
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I think I know where these guys are going!
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Grabbing breakfast at Waffle House in central South Carolina!
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James made friends with the waitress
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Classic James. Giant slice of chocolate pie
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I. Love. Waffle House.
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Another NASA nerd!
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James is ready for this eclipse
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Balloon selfie
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We accidentally set up in the wrong driveway for a few minutes.. Our viewing spot was outside Suz's relative's house
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The first tiny slice of missing sun! (On the right)
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Andrew really came through with his little cardboard filters. Much easier than the sheets I had.
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The sun is disappearing!
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The sun spots were really handy for manual focusing
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It was super duper hot.. so we spent a lot of time hiding in the shade
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I covered my camera with a shirt when I wasn't shooting, so it wouldn't overheat
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How's it looking, James?
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This real-time simulation actually came in handy. It was cool to check what percentage we were at. I punched in our GPS coordinates to make sure it was accurate
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AJ and Suz are taking proper eye protection precautions
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Our viewing area
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James and the Plane: A story in three photos
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James throws the plane
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The plane throws.. James?
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The sun is really getting covered up now!
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We had a few clouds.. but hopefully they'll move in time!
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Just a sliver left!
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It was tough to capture, but the light started to feel sort of weird
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How's it going, AJ? Also, note the shadows.. They're starting to get all weird based on the crescent sun
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Almost gone!
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The light is getting weirder.. It's tough to describe. It wasn't so much that it was dark or dim so much as... I don't know. It was odd.
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My trusty 70d hard at work
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The last little bit of the sun
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May I present to you.. a total solar eclipse.
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It's... beyond words
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The corona!
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A solar flare!
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If you ever have a chance to see this yourself you absolutely have to go
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Look at that little solar flare!
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The only shot I took from the wide angle
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This is blurry as hell but I sort of like it. It captures the chaos and unworldly feeling of the moment
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The prominences are really incredible
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It's fun trying different exposure settings on it
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The sun is coming back!
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The diamond ring
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And that's a wrap on that!
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I forgot to get a good photo of the strange shadows but you can see them here
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Let's take a group photo while the sun is still dim!
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We did it!
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Trying to jump at the same time is hard..
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Suz loves jumping
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Jump shot take 2
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See? The sun is coming back
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Andrew and Zoe checking out the sun
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James makes the best shot of the trip
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The balloon back home
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Putting coolant in Suz's car
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Hey Cheerwine does exist!
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