Epic Eclipse Captures

Words and Photos by Melanie Wing Sandager
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

"The April Eclipse of 2024 was a much-anticipated day in north Texas.  My photo club provided coaching on various settings, tools, and advice for the big event. In fact, one warning in particular was regarding counterbalance on a tripod with the high angle of the sun. This is where I knew that my Platypod eXtreme & Platyball Ergo would excel; and I'm happy to report that it worked wonderfully!"  

"I set up my rig on a table with the longer end (of the Platypod eXtreme) pointed the opposite direction. This is how I would normally use my Platypod for better balance. In addition to that, I used a makeshift filter (which I cut out of a polymer solar filter sheet) and fitted that onto my lens. I took a couple of shots with a remote every 10 minutes to capture the various phases for a composite shot.  At totality, I removed the film took a shot about every second to capture the diamond ring as the moon started its exit. After replacing the filter, I continued to shoot the second half to complete the composite." 

"I hope that you enjoy the captures as much as I enjoyed taking them. I'm honored to be able to share my story with the Platypod community." 

To view more of Melanie's works be sure to visit her website here. You can also view more of her work on her 500px profile here.



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