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Monte Sano State Park


Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is Friday, July 21 at 7:30 PM. Join us for pizza at 7:00 PM.

The July program is about Solar Eclipse Photography and will be presented by Dr. Gordon Telepun. Solar Eclipse/Dr. Gordon Telepun

Dr. Gordon Telepun is a private practice plastic surgeon from Decatur, Alabama. He has traveled overseas to witness and photograph 3 total solar eclipses; in 2001, 2002 and 2006. His lecture on eclipse photography discusses long focal length eclipse photography and precise timing, wide angle eclipse photography for the horizon and planets, partial phase sequence planning and tips for taking an eclipse video.

He is the developer of the most useful eclipse timing mobile app available for the 2017 eclipse, Solar Eclipse Timer - www.solareclipsetimer.com

An overview of his photography concepts can be reviewed at http://www.solareclipsetimer.com/photo.html

An introduction to Gordon in an entertaining way is possible by watching the Smarter Every Day YouTube video concerning his experiences - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc7MfcKF1-s

Gordon's YouTube channel regarding eclipse related material is called Foxwood Astronomy

You are invited to bring camera equipment to the presentation for a hands on workshop.

After the lecture and time for questions, for the attendees that bring camera equipment, Gordon will lead a simulation of how to photograph totality in a realistic manner. The group will go through the actual steps of the timing to remove the solar filter and step through all of the shutter speeds needed. This will be done to a synchronized eclipse movie from the Solar Eclipse Timer app. Recommended practice gear; tripod, camera, zoom lens, appropriate sized solar filter for the zoom lens, remote shutter release, pair of solar eclipse glasses.


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