If you've read our youtube story, you know that we did a lot of practice filming and editing before launching our channel. This is one we always planned to share at some point because the eclipse footage itself really turned out great! In the shuffle of going full time RV, we thought we'd lost this one, but Tara found an old hard drive and recovered it!
So, we dug this one out of the archives, dusted it off and here it is! A little glimpse of us in our pre-Youtube days. We had no gimbals. Just the iPhone and Canon, so the footage is pretty shaky. Really makes us appreciate the gear we use today for sure!
This was all shot at my parent's home in Franklin, NC which happened to be smack dab in the middle of the path of totality! None of us had ever seen a total eclipse before, so we had no idea what to expect. Let me tell you… If you watched the eclipse outside of the path of totality, you did not see the eclipse! Even today, as I write this, I am at a total loss for words to describe it. It was absolutely incredible! The whole world seems to morph around you. The light not only gets darker, but the narrowing source of light makes everything start to look strange. The edges of shadows, normally defuse and “fuzzy” looking (due to the size of the light source: sun), become razor sharp! Any areas where light passes through small holes (cracks between leaves, etc), a crescent of light (the shape of the eclipse) can be seen.
Then, all of a sudden it goes from dusk-like light to DARK! It's like the sun setting in a matter of seconds! TOTALITY! At this point, it's safe to remove safety glasses and look directly at the sun's corona. You can even see a solar flare shooting thousands of miles out of the sun's surface (visible in the video on the bottom right of the sun)!
And a few minutes later, the sun emerges again and all of the strange light phenomena reverse course back to normal daylight.
If you ever have the opportunity to see a total eclipse, DO IT! You may think you have an idea of what it will be like but, trust me, you have no idea. It was an absolutely incredible experience and something we will never forget!