Solar Eclipse 2017

I suppose most of you knew about the eclipse, yesterday. It is something I have never experienced, so I wanted to do so. I didn’t send Bella to school. I wanted my child to experience this phenomenon with me and learn.

Ha ha. Okay, seriously, I didn’t send her to school because I had heard they wouldn’t be counted absent. In reality, my kids were about as interested in the eclipse as I am a can of worms. It takes skill to not have interest in something like this, and I am proud to say they have it.

My best friend text me, “Are you going to watch the eclipse?”

“I can’t enjoy it since I didn’t get the special glasses.”

“Me neither!”

Come on, you guys should know by now that I am not gonna stay indoors during this. Her, too, because both of us ended up going outside. Being in central Mississippi, we didn’t really see much of an eclipse, anyway. It didn’t get as dark as I’d have hoped.

I was crawling Facebook, looking for some good pictures of the partially covered sun.  Instead of the eclipse, I mostly saw pictures of people wearing those glasses or welding masks. Oh, okay. How about some pictures for those of us that can’t dress for the occasion?

I would compare this to wearing a costume for Halloween and taking pictures of that costume instead of the actual party.

Anyway, I couldn’t look directly at the sun, and I couldn’t find any local photos. Fine, then. I’ll take my own!

Brit had told me that she saw on the news not to use your phone camera, because it would damage the lens. There were people saying it would, and people saying it was fine, as long as you didn’t keep the camera facing the sun for too long.

Argh! I don’t want to damage my phone, but boy, did I want that picture. I

I am aware that using the regular camera wouldn’t work, so I downloaded a solar eclipse camera app on my phone. Waste of time. It was the exact same as the normal camera.

Now what?

Well, what if I reduce exposure and blah blah brightness and other photography speak? Did it. Didn’t work. I had to wait until a few clouds made their way past, too. It was like waiting for that one person on their phone to move their buggy away from the aisle so I can get that box of cereal.

Time to take extreme measures. By this time, the eclipse was at maximum coverage. It wasn’t dark outside, but it was definitely dimmer than the usual hundred-degree day. It definitely wasn’t as hot. Yay, ultimate shade!

I high-tailed it back in the house to grab my sunglasses and put them over my camera lens. Surely, this will work. It was such an ingenious plan.

Of course, it didn’t work.

I finally threw in the towel and stomped back inside to watch the live footage of it. I figured my kids would at least ask where I’ve been, but they were too busy playing games on their electronics.

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Does this glare count?

It isn’t all a loss, though. The pictures I did get had a glare that I’m thinking was the shape of the eclipse. If I’m wrong, please don’t tell me. I just want to keep thinking I got something exciting.

The moral of this story? Be prepared for this crap. If not, you’ll end up standing in your front yard, pointing your phone towards the sky and grunting like an idiot at your failures. Oh, and some kids aren’t into once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

I hope those of you in the States had a better experience than I did. If I live long enough to see another eclipse, I’ll be sure to purchase a welding mask or those glasses.

Love you!
Courtney

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