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Jackson Hole’s Great Solar Eclipse!

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August 21st will be the big day for this year’s Solar Eclipse—and Jackson Hole is directly in the totality path!  The Park Service is preparing for the event with extra staff, one way roads, camping and parking restrictions and so forth. Expect bumper to bumper traffic and all kinds of “issues”. Even with a few potential logistical hassles, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us.

Luckily, I live in the path so I don’t have much invested in the eclipse. I don’t have to gamble at all! Others will have paid premium prices to be in Jackson Hole for the event—with no guarantee of clear skies. Heavy clouds, and even smoke from area fires, are always a possibility. Barring clouds or smoke, onlookers can expect some of the least polluted skies in the country. Plenty of areas of the country will be in the path of the Solar Eclipse but Jackson Hole will be a hot ticket! Remember—it will be August. Traditionally it is a very hot month in most parts of the US. Jackson Hole’s cool weather and clear skies make it a premier location.


NOAA: Ready, Set, Eclipse: As the map indicates, JH is predicted to have a good chance of clear skies for the Eclipse in August (Historical Averages). Viewers originally planning on being in Oregon might rethink their choices. The “clear skies” gamble is much higher there.

JH Total Eclipse Guide

Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide

Local photographer and author, Aaron Linsdau, produced this book available in the local bookstores, from Aaron, and through most online book outlets. The link will take you directly to Amazon, where you can order it directly. If you are coming here, I’d suggest spending $10. You can also purchase the book as an eBook through Amazon.

Other Books

Besides Aaron’s localized book on the subject, there are many more. Amazon has 86 pages of book results for “solar eclipse” . Click the link and pick one or more!

A Couple of Comments

I’ve never tried to photograph a solar eclipse, so I am not going to try to tell you how to photograph one! This page is a collection of links and resources that do that job. Check out the various sites listed below, and by the time of the eclipse in August, you should know exactly where to be and how to get the shots safely!

I’m not 100% positive I will try to photograph this eclipse, but I definitely want to experience it! That will be one day of the year that I won’t be offering a tour! (Teton Photo Excursions)

If you are going to give it a try, make sure to purchase your filters, eyeglasses, and safety gear sooner than later.

As I mentioned earlier, logistics will be an issue! Hotels have been booked for a year. Campgrounds will be full. Roads will be jammed. People will be IN their chosen spot early, early in the morning—creating enforcement issues for the Park Service for out of bounds camping and off road parking. Plan ahead, get there early and show some patience for everyone else!

Want a Chuckle? While at our yearly CUA permit holders meeting a few weeks ago, one of the permit holders mentioned they had booked a wedding at Schwabacher Landing for the day and hour of the solar eclipse. They plan on bringing buses full of attendees down to the parking area for the wedding ceremony. I am guessing there will be vehicles parked on both sides of the gravel road from the highway to the parking area from 3:00 am on. The person at the Park Service that books wedding permits must have been “asleep at the wheel” when they issued that permit. Parking and turnarounds at Schwabacher Landing is difficult on any day of the summer!

If you are anticipating including the Grand Peak under the eclipse, you’ll need to be in Idaho. Prime spots there will likely be a zoo! Just warning you! Totality will be at mid-morning and will last only 2 minutes and change if directly under the center of the path. I’ll fill in the details, but be aware that the moon and sun will be at roughly 45° up at totality. You’ll be shooting essentially UP, so getting anything in the foreground will mean you are using a wide angle lens (and the moon/sun will be small), or you will be using a telephoto lens and will not be able to include anything in the foreground. If you are focused on the pair, you’ll likely be at infinity on the lens, knowing the moon will be roughly 235,000 miles away. Anything that you might be able to include in the foreground on a telephoto lens won’t be in focus.

Aaron’s book mentions you will need photos with 9 stops of light variances. That will take some pre-planning and practice knowing you only have a little over 2 minutes of totality.


Another NASA Image


Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How? | NASA

Planning a Lunar Eclipse shot  | The Photographer’s Ephemeris:

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017  | NASA

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – Path Through the United States |

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – Maps of the Path|

Best places to view Total solar eclipse | GreatAmerican Eclipse

Map of Total Solar Eclipse Path | APOD:

National Parks and the Eclipse Path | NASA

Photographing a Solar Eclipse

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse |Fred Espenak

How to Photograph the Sun  | B&H Photo: This page is loaded with important SAFETY information.

Eclipse MagaMovie

Mark Your Calendars: North American Solar Eclipse 2017  | B&H Photo:

B&H Photo Eclipse Tools, Filters, Safety Products | B&H Photo:

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse |

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse |

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse |  Nikon USA

How To Photograph The Solar Eclipse |  David Reneke

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse | B&H Photo

Total Eclipse Photography:

Photograph the 2017 Solar Eclipse Like a Pro |

Eclipse 2016: How to photograph the solar eclipse |

How to Photograph a Solar

Observing and Photographing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse |

Photographing Solar Eclipse | Forums

Eclipse Photography | NASA

How To Photograph A Solar Eclipse | Outdoor Photographer

How to Photograph the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Gear List |

Smartphone Photography of the Eclipse | NASA

 A Total Guide to Totality: Solar Eclipse | Canon DLC

How To Photograph The Total Solar Eclipse |

How To Successfully & Safely Photograph a Solar Eclipse  |

Oregon  Total Solar Eclipse; Here’s How to |

Solar Eclipse Photography: How to Safely Get the Shot |

Photographing the Eclipse – Planning |

Photographing Solar Eclipses | Eclipse Chasers

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse |

How to photograph the solar eclipse 2017 |

Photographing a Solar Eclipse | Tatra Photography

Total Eclipse Photography | Jeff Berkes Photography

Photographing the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse |

How can I photograph a total solar eclipse? | NASA

Photographing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse | Hudson Henry

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Guide |

How to photograph a solar eclipse |

Get Ready to Photograph the Eclipse |

Photographing Solar Eclipse 2017 | Tech Guru

Photographing 2017 August eclipse – what filter to use | DPReview

Photographing the total solar eclipse August 2017 | Canon

Total Solar Eclipse Photography |

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Comments (2)

  1. That was a good chuckle with the wedding at Schwabacher, what on earth were they thinking? We have decided somewhere in Idaho would be less crowded, or another part of Wyoming even. I have no desire to actually photograph the sun, but I do want to get the shadow, or the light, or whatever else is unique about it. Someplace flat and wide open seems a good option.

  2. Thanks for putting so much info in one place! I’ll happily be in my backyard in Idaho with my private view of the Tetons. This mostly retired wedding photographer isn’t going anywhere near that mess! Excited to hear the stories of the day – it will be memorable!

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