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Trending: How Phil Hart Captured the 2017 Solar Eclipse With 12 Cameras

By David Schonauer   Monday July 1, 2019


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We recently rounded up a number of photo projects focused on the Milky Way. Today we feature a video of the 2017 solar eclipse that brought daytime darkness to a swath of the United States.

The video, titled “The Moon in Motion,” comes from photographer Phil Hart and a team of other photographers, including Brad LeBrocque and landscape photographer Glenn Tambling. And it has become a hit online: Vimeo chose it as a Staff Pick, while NoFilmSchool has called it “unforgettable.”

Meanwhile DIY Photography noted that making the time lapse of the awesome celestial event represented “quite a challenge.”

“Outside a busy job, it has taken me all of the nearly two years since this international expedition to develop and apply the specialized eclipse image processing and video editing techniques required to create this,” blogged Hart.

To capture the time lapse, Hart and his crew used 12 cameras placed in four separate locations in Idaho and Wyoming. Some of them, notes NoFilmSchool, were remote cameras put in place several days before the eclipse.

“The video features footage from 7 out of 12 cameras I had running on the day,” noted Hart. “Eight cameras were onsite at South Menan Butte, Idaho. The other four cameras were at remote locations established in the days leading up to the eclipse: Table Mountain, Wyoming, looking over the Tetons and another in the foothills of the Beaverhead Range (south of Blue Dome) looking over the Snake River Plain of Idaho.”

Here is the final result:

NoFilmSchool provided a list of the gear Hart used for the project:

Canon 5D Mark IV, Takahashi FS-102 telescope (1300mm, f13)
Canon 5D Mark IV, Borg 77 EDII telescope (550mm, f7)
Canon 6D, Pentax 300mm f4 ED IF lens
Canon 5D Mark IV, 24mm lens
Canon 6D, 24-70mm lens
Canon 6D Mark II, 14mm lens
Canon G1X Mark II
Canon 5D Mark IV, Sigma ART 14mm lens
Canon 5D Mark IV, 8-15mm fisheye
Canon 5D Mark IV, Samyang 14mm lens
Canon 1100D with 18-55mm lens (at 24mm)
Canon 6D Mark II with Samyang 35mm lens

That doesn’t include telescopes and mounts carried to the remote locations, including the 11,100-foot summit of Table Mountain. Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro were used to combine the rapid sequences of images with the background view of the solar corona, noted Hart.

Are you inspired to capture a solar eclipse? The next one, noted NoFilmSchool, tomorrow, July 2. But to photograph it in its entirety you would have to be out on boats in the South Pacific Ocean or in parts of Chile and Argentina.

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