The total solar eclipse happened on August 21, 2017. Oregon was one of the handful of states that was in the path of totality. I might as well travel out and experience it for myself.
Finding a location was a challenge. Madras, Oregon, was one of the prime locations for being in the path of totality and a direct connection to Portland via U.S. 26 over Mt. Hood. Where there was crowd, I was not interested. Instead, I hooked over north via I-84, Ore. 206, and Ore. 19 down to the John Day Fossil Bed at the John Day Unit near Dayville. I lucked out as the National Park’s grassy field was open for parking and it was not packed.
The conditions were prime. Mostly clear with high clouds and some light breeze. The temperature was in the low 60’s.
Around 9:09 a.m, the moon started cutting into the sun. The light and conditions changes were only noticeable after 9:45 a.m. The air chilled. Crickets started chirping.
I shot the same scene at f/7.1 at 1/640 sec., ISO 200, from 9:30 to 10:19 a.m. The histogram clearly measured the light change during transit. The light was dimming fast.
Totality reached at 10:21 a.m. PT. A silver ring appeared in the sky.
A few minutes later, the light started returning. I left the area immediately to get a head start before the traffic rush.
This was truly one eventful experience that I will never forget.