August Events

Minnesota State Capitol Photowalk

MN State Capitol Dome by Terry Butler

Some of the best things of taking part in a photowalk is to visit locations we may not get to on our own, get to know other members and to learn from each other.

  • Sunday, August 13, 1:00 pm
  • Meet at the Hudson Exit 2 Park & Ride at 12:30pm for carpooling or meet at the Capitol when it opens at 1:00 pm.
  • ­75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
  • Recommended equipment: tripod, remote shutter release, zoom lens and fisheye lens.
  • Parking: Parking is no longer allowed in front of the building.  Download a parking map here.

We will guide ourselves around the capitol building and photograph this amazing piece of architecture. Admission is free and 45-minute tours are given on the hour for a donation of $5.00. Tripods are welcome, but please make sure they have rubber feet as to avoid damage to the floors. Please be aware that they may be busy with tours and other visitors, so be careful to avoid tripping others with tripods, and safeguard your equipment.

Solar Eclipse Information from Bryan Leonard

In case you haven’t heard, a total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017.  The path of total darkness will start on the west coast in Oregon and move across the central Unites States to the east coast in South Carolina.  Any spot along the path will be dark for 2-3 minutes.  But, the entire continental U.S. may see the eclipse, even though it may be a partial eclipse.  Hudson, WI will see an estimated 85% eclipse.  Times for Hudson will be:

  • Begins: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 11:44 am CT
  • Maximum: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:07 pm CT
  • Ends: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm CT
  • Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Click to here to view how this will appear in Hudson

2014 Eclipse Photo by Bryan Leonard

If you plan to photograph the eclipse, be sure to have the proper eye, camera, telescope, etc. protection.  NEVER look directly at the Sun.  Eye protection should have a rating from the International Standards Organization (ISO) and include the rating ISO 12312-2.  The picture included here was taken during the 10/23/2014 partial eclipse.  Camera settings were: Canon T3i attached to a Celestron NexStar 5se telescope, ISO 200 and 1/200 second.  Being connected to the telescope gave me a fixed f/10 aperture and a focal length of 1250mm (2000mm with the Canon T3i 1.6x crop sensor).

A search of the internet will give you many web sites with lots of good information.  The following are two good sites I have found.

If you are planning to purchase any new equipment, buy it soon.  Some things on some sites are already sold out.  Start your testing now.  Don’t wait until the day of the eclipse.  The sun will look the same today as it will on the day of the eclipse, up to the point that the eclipse starts.  Once the eclipse starts, you may need to adjust your ISO as the Sun darkens.  If you are traveling into the path of the total eclipse, you can remove your solar filter during totality, but be sure to put it back on before the Sun starts to peek out again.  Don’t keep looking at the sky the whole time, watch the people around you.  This will be a first time event for most people.  You might want to observe the birds and animals as well.

Find a location with a wide view of the southern sky.  The eclipse will start when the Sun is at about 143 degrees (south-southeast) and progress through about 217 degrees (southwest) for a total of about 74 degrees.  Directly south is 180 degrees.  If you hold up your fist at arm’s length, it covers about 10 degrees of the sky.  To plan for the eclipse, you should have a view of the southern sky at least 7-8 fist widths (if not more).

I don’t even want to talk about this, but if the sky is cloudy that day . . .

The nice thing about having several web sites is having cameras in several locations may allow for longer continuous coverage.

Good luck.  Hoping for clear skies.  – Bryan

Save the Date!

On August 30, 6:30 pm, there will be an Artists Reception at Belwin Conservancy for the club’s exhibit of club project photos.  More details in the next blog post.

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