Our recent expedition to Indonesia was a complete success!
Our recent expedition to Indonesia was a complete success. We not only were able to image the totality with the iPhone rig which included the use of the 20x add-on lens but were successful in extending the observation of totality by several minutes by filming from two overlapping locations.
Camera One was located on Mare Island, a small island to the south of Tidore. At this location, James McClean and Andrias Joensen observed and recorded the totality through thin cloud cover.
Camera Two on the tiny Plun island was difficult not only because of the remote location approx. 100 miles farther along the path of totality but also by the very thick cloud cover. The pale white cast across the face of the moon is actually the cloud in front of it.
All photos here in this slide show were taken by Elisa Brune. She was able to capture the "feel" of the environment on Plun Island before, during and after the eclipse. You can see from one of her photos just how cloudy it really was on the day and in particular just as totality began.
Locations still from our recce to Mare, the small island south of Tidore which can be seen in many of these photos, and also from the actual excursion to eclipse day. While I traveled to Plun Island 100 miles farther along the path of totality, James and Andrais set up camp the night before totality with the aid of Echo, our Indonesian Brother and Guide. Echo took these photo which document the location for Camera One of our Overlapping Array Experiment. The experiment was a "Proof of Concept" test for our proposed 100 Camera System which will create a uninterrupted continuous full-motion HDR video of the entire 90 minutes of the landfall observable Eclipse Across America.
Here's just a small sampling of previous eclipse events this team has studied and experienced over the last 16 years.
Bermuda TRAINGLE ECLIPSE
November, 2013. This image of the amazing Hybrid eclipse at sunrise in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle was taken by Xavier Jubier aboard the historic flight which intersected the path of the eclipse for a duration of 5 seconds. Xavier was responsible for the complex navigation and the flight plan that allowed the plane to view and capture this rare event. (photo credit: Xavier Jubier)
Australia's ring of fire
Summer, 2013 - A stunning sunrise Annular "ring of fire" Eclipse as witness and filmed by Mark, James and Xavier south of Newman in Western Australia. Mark is seen here filming the vent with a 306 degree panoramic lens / camera system. (Photo credit: James McClean)
easter island eclipse
July 11th, 2010 - An amazing Total Eclipse experience. The scene at Anakena, which was one of the many possible Moai sites that we considered for our Nat Geo Special. (Photo credit: Mark Liston Bender)