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My Journey to Photograph the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024

April 16th, 2024

My Journey to Photograph the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024

As I reflect on the past year, I'm overwhelmed with emotions, memories, and a sense of profound accomplishment. It's been a whirlwind journey filled with anticipation, preparation, and finally, the exhilarating experience of witnessing and photographing the celestial spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

As an avid photographer, I’ve always been drawn to celestial events that allow me to witness the grandeur of our universe. The total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, promised to be a rare and extraordinary moment, and I was determined to seize the chance to photograph the sublime dance of the Sun, Moon, and Earth through my lens. My family and friends shared their anticipation of seeing the images I would create. Suddenly, there were expectations for something I had never attempted before.


Research and Planning

My preparations started well in advance, a yearlong endeavor that required meticulous planning and research. I scoured articles, read books, and attended a Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society presentation given by my friend David Watkins in November of 2023. His presentation was crucial in understanding the different phases of a solar eclipse as well as the gear, camera settings and filters needed. I give credit to Ron Skinner, longtime friend and tireless leader of the Cool Photo Ops group, for his information, guidance and inspiration.

There were two main events to prepare for: the partial phase (when the Moon starts covering the Sun) and totality (when the Sun is completely blocked). I needed to know the exact timing for my location. I compiled a complete list of the exact times, down to the second, ensuring that I would capture crucial images throughout the entire two and a half hour event.

Practice Runs

As the fateful day approached, excitement mingled with nervous anticipation. Would the weather cooperate? Cloudy, rainy days are typical this time of year in Northeast Ohio, but the forecast looked promising. Would all my preparations pay off? A couple of days leading up to the eclipse, I practiced photographing the Sun using a solar filter. Capturing the Sun’s details required precision, and I didn’t want any surprises on the big day. Little did I know that this seemingly straightforward task would prove more challenging than anticipated. Simply locating the Sun through the viewfinder proved to be a formidable challenge. And then came the intricate task of micro-focusing on the Sun which was most difficult. The Sun, in its relentless journey across the sky, proved elusive. Every 30 seconds, it shifted its position by half its apparent diameter. Maintaining precise alignment became a constant challenge to achieve correct exposure.

The Day of the Eclipse

April 8th dawned with a clear and beautiful sky, promising an auspicious start to our eclipse adventure. By afternoon, thin clouds invaded the sky. It wasn’t the ideal situation, yet hope lingered. I knew even imperfect conditions could still yield successful results. With camera in hand and heart pounding with anticipation, my wife and I made our way to the chosen location outside my home where I had a pristine vantage point offering unobstructed views of the sun and sky. We had deliberately avoided the chaos of traffic and crowds, opting for the quietude of our familiar surroundings.

The journey from partial eclipse to totality was a delicate dance between patience and precision. As the Moon’s shadow encroached upon the Sun, I snapped away, adjusting my camera settings in-between. Each frame captured the gradual dimming. And then, in a breathtaking moment of totality, the world was plunged into darkness. Birds fell silent, stars emerged in the midday sky, and a sense of awe washed over me like a tidal wave. I removed the solar filter and began to capture the beauty and intensity of the eclipse – the corona ablaze with fiery light, the ethereal glow of the solar prominences, the surreal landscape bathed in an otherworldly twilight.

As the eclipse drew to a close and the sun emerged once more, I couldn't help but feel gratitude for the privilege of bearing witness to such a miraculous event, and a relief, knowing each frame I had captured was more than a photograph; it was a memory etched in light.

The 2024 solar eclipse was more than just photographs. It was an experience that would stay with me for a lifetime. And as I look back on my yearlong journey to photograph the total solar eclipse of 2024, I am filled with a sense of profound gratitude for the opportunity to capture a moment of cosmic beauty and share it with the world.

Post Production

After transferring the images to my computer, I was happy to discover I had successfully captured the entire eclipse sequence. Admittedly, I stumbled slightly at the onset of totality, but I regained my rhythm for the remainder of totality. A couple of effects that happen just before and after totality (Baily’s Beads and the Diamond Ring) were a little obscured by those thin clouds that were present. Imperfect yet magical, I did manage to capture them.


I selected 16 images to represent the visual chronicle of the eclipse. That was the easy part. But then came the creative part: how could I encapsulate the essence of the Great American Eclipse of 2024 in a handful of frames? Ideas swirled, each sparking another, and soon I found myself immersed in a whirlwind of possibilities. Nine distinct designs emerged—one eclipsing the other in brilliance. It was as if the cosmos whispered, urging me to create not just the celestial mechanics but also the intangible magic.


All of the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse images are available to see and purchase prints and other products at the following link. Total Solar Eclipse 2024

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway

February 7th, 2024

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is one of the oldest and longest scenic tourist excursion railways in the country. The train runs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Independence to Akron.
The Cuyahoga Valley Railway began operations in 1880, transporting iron, coal and passengers from the Tuscarawas River Valley to Cleveland, Akron, and Canton. In 1989, a mutually beneficial partnership began for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Locomotive #6777 and #6771 approaches the train station at Indigo Lake. The train was built in Canada in 1959 by Montreal Locomotive Works. The CVSR purchased #6777 in 1994 and #6771 in April, 1993. The locomotives have a 12 cylinder 251, 1,800 horsepower diesel engine.

Part of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway's fleet is a California Zephyr trainset consisting of 5 stainless steel passenger rail cars that were built in 1948 by the Budd Company in Philadelphia, PA.

Silver Solarium was built in 1948 by the Budd Company for the Chicago, Quincy & Burlington Railroad as CB&Q #377. It was one of the six dome/sleeper/observation cars specifically built for the California Zephyr. the Silver Solarium has been fully renovated and has been operating as a private car, delighting passengers with stunning views from its Vista Dome and observation lounge. The observation lounge seats 11 in classic railroad lounge chairs, and the Vista Dome car seats 24 in booth seating at tables. CVSR acquired the car in September, 2018.

The California Zephyr, also known as the Silver Lady, was a pioneer in luxury passenger train travel. Dubbed “the most talked about train in America,” the California Zephyr made its inaugural eastbound run on March 20, 1949 with service between San Francisco and Chicago that covered 2,525 miles and took an average of 2.5 days to complete.
The California Zephyr offered sophisticated dining experiences with linens and china; sleeping compartments that ranged from the elegant staterooms complete with bathrooms, showers, drawing rooms, and bedrooms, to the cozier “roomettes”; and Vista Dome cars with windows on every side—including the ceiling—to provide breathtaking panoramic views of the passing mountains, rivers, and countryside.
The California Zephyr operated as a passenger train for 20 years, and its 77 cars were later sold to different companies and private owners. Over the years, the majority of these stainless steel cars have all but disappeared from America’s railways, having been sold off, scrapped, or simply left in storage and fallen into complete disrepair. CVSR’s acquisition of the trainset will enable us to preserve a vital piece of our nation’s railway history that was at serious and imminent risk of being forgotten.

Discovering the Vintage Charm of M D Garage

February 7th, 2024

Discovering the Vintage Charm of M D Garage

Step back in time and indulge in the nostalgic allure of M D Garage Gas Station nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This hidden gem encapsulates the essence of a bygone era, offering a unique blend of automotive history and natural beauty. As you explore the vintage charm, witness the retro architecture that has stood the test of time, making M D Garage a must-see among historic landmarks.

The M.D. Garage is located in Boston Township, Ohio within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It was built in 1946 by Marjan Dzerzynski as a Pure Oil gas station. The business closed in 1980 and was purchased and restored by the National Park Service in the late 1990s complete with period signage and gas pumps. The M. D. Garage stands now as an iconic piece of history within the Boston Mills Historic District.

Fuel your curiosity with a journey through the scenic beauty of Cuyahoga Valley while discovering the timeless appeal of this roadside attraction. M D Garage promises a trip down memory lane, making it a perfect destination for those seeking a glimpse into the past. Experience the magic of yesteryears, where every corner tells a story of automotive elegance and historic significance. Join us on a nostalgic journey to uncover the hidden gems of Cuyahoga, where M D Garage stands as a testament to a simpler, more charming era.

You are invited to click the link below to view these images and more in the galleries at DaleKincaid.com - Always open and admission is FREE!

A Colorful Umbrella Alley Display in Louisville, Ohio

October 19th, 2023

A Colorful Umbrella Alley Display in Louisville, Ohio

If you’re looking for a fun and unique attraction to visit in Northeast Ohio, look no further than Umbrella Alley in Louisville! This vibrant community display features nearly 200 colorful umbrellas suspended high above the street on Main Street.

Originally created as a way to beautify the downtown area and attract visitors to local businesses, Umbrella Alley has become one of Northeast Ohio’s newest attractions. The colorful umbrellas provide shade during the day and are illuminated at night for a magical experience.

Umbrella Alley is a great place to take photos and enjoy some outdoor art. The umbrellas are painted in a variety of colors and patterns and make for a great backdrop for Instagram-worthy shots. It’s also a family-friendly attraction that kids will love!

In addition to the colorful umbrellas, there are also several local businesses located on Main Street that you can visit while you’re there. From restaurants to boutiques to antique shops, there’s something for everyone.

So if you’re looking for a unique and fun attraction to visit in Northeast Ohio, be sure to check out Umbrella Alley in Louisville!

The U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds Soar Over Cleveland

October 12th, 2023

The U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds Soar Over Cleveland

The Cleveland, Ohio Air Show in 2023 witnessed a breathtaking display of precision, power, and patriotism as the United States Air Force Thunderbirds took to the skies. Known for their dazzling aerial displays and precision flying, the Thunderbirds left the audience in awe with their breathtaking performance.

The Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, have a rich history dating back to 1953. Created to showcase the might and capabilities of the United States Air Force, they have since become an iconic symbol of American air power. They perform their aerial magic in sleek F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, renowned for their agility and speed. These highly maneuverable jets are painted in a striking red, white, and blue livery, symbolizing the pride and patriotism of the American military.

One of the Thunderbirds' signature maneuvers is the Diamond Formation, where four aircraft fly in close proximity, wingtip to wingtip, at speeds exceeding 400 miles per hour. The precision and coordination required for this formation is nothing short of astonishing.

Complementing their group formations are two solo pilots who execute jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics. These fearless aviators perform gravity-defying rolls, climbs, and dives, showcasing not only their skill but also the incredible capabilities of the F-16.

While the pilots are the stars of the show, the Thunderbirds are a true team effort. Behind the scenes, an army of dedicated support personnel, including mechanics, public affairs officers, and many others, ensures that every performance goes off without a hitch.
Stunning Aerial Maneuvers:

The Thunderbirds' performance at the Cleveland Air Show was a thrilling spectacle from start to finish. Some of the standout maneuvers included:

High-Speed Pass: The Thunderbirds kicked off their show with a thunderous high-speed pass, all six aircraft hurtling past the crowd at an exhilarating speed. The roar of their engines was enough to make anyone's heart race.

Opposing Pass: In a daring head-on maneuver, two Thunderbirds aircraft approached each other at breakneck speeds, only to narrowly miss each other before making a breathtaking escape in opposite directions, leaving the crowd gasping.

Looping the Loop: The solo pilots executed gravity-defying loops, defying the laws of physics as they soared into the sky and tumbled back down. These maneuvers showcased the exceptional aerodynamics of the F-16.

Diamond Formation Roll: The signature Diamond Formation was a visual masterpiece. Four aircraft flew in perfect harmony, with wingtips just feet apart, executing flawless rolls that seemed almost impossible given the proximity.

Delta Formation: The Thunderbirds' signature Delta Formation involved five aircraft flying as one, with the lead aircraft at the forefront and the other four forming a V-shape behind it. The tight synchronization was a testament to the team's extraordinary teamwork.

Thunderbird Roll: The grand finale saw all six Thunderbirds aircraft performing a synchronized roll, leaving behind colorful smoke trails that painted the sky. It was a jaw-dropping conclusion to an already spectacular show.

As the Thunderbirds bid farewell to Cleveland in 2023, anticipation is already building for their return in 2025. Their performances not only entertain but also serve as a reminder of the dedication, skill, and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. Air Force. They inspire the next generation of aviators and instill a sense of pride in all who witness their awe-inspiring displays. The Thunderbirds will continue to represent the epitome of American military aviation, thrilling audiences and instilling pride in the nation's airpower.

In conclusion, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds' performance at the 2023 Cleveland Air Show was a mesmerizing display of precision, power, and teamwork. Their extraordinary maneuvers left spectators in awe and reminded everyone of the incredible capabilities of the U.S. Air Force. As we eagerly await their return in 2025, one thing is certain: the Thunderbirds will continue to amaze and inspire, showcasing the true spirit of American aviation prowess.

Visit the Flying The Skies gallery collection at DaleKincaid.com to see the new additions from the 2023 Thunderbirds air show performance. The galleries are always open and admission is FREE!

Northeast Ohio's Grand Vista

September 28th, 2023

Northeast Ohio

Tinkers Creek Gorge Overlook is one of the most spectacular views in Northeast Ohio. The overlook is located off Gorge Parkway in the Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation. Listed in 1967 as a Natural National Landmark, this area is also part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Gorge Overlook is a view that is lucky to exist. In the 1960’s there were local lawmakers who wanted to dam up the Tinkers Creek Gorge, turning it into a deep 150-acre recreational lake. The proposed idea gained a lot of support, but luckily did not pass and the gorge remained untouched.

My predawn arrival at the overlook on a warm October morning revealed a breathtaking view as the sun peeked over the edge of the treetops. You can visit this attraction any time of year, but the view is especially spectacular in the autumn, when vibrant fall colors blanket the valley in a sea of orange, reds, browns and yellows.

Visit my fine art galleries to view this image and more at DaleKincaid.com. Always open and admission is FREE!

Soaring Skies and Thrilling Flights

September 11th, 2023

Soaring Skies and Thrilling Flights

Ahoy, aviation enthusiasts and Navy Blue Angels fans! Get ready to embark on a visual journey like no other as we unveil our brand-new and expanded Navy Blue Angels photos in our Flying The Skies gallery. Buckle up as we take you through the mesmerizing world of precision aerobatics, jaw-dropping formations, and exhilarating maneuvers captured in stunning high-definition imagery.

Our revamped gallery boasts an array of captivating snapshots that capture the heart-pounding spirit of these elite aviators. From gravity-defying loops to synchronized barrel rolls, each image is a testament to the unparalleled skill and dedication of the Navy Blue Angels team.

Whether you're a seasoned aviation aficionado or a newcomer eager to witness the artistry of aerial displays, our photo collection offers something for everyone. Feel the rush of wind as jets streak across the sky in a symphony of speed and coordination.

As you explore the gallery, you'll discover the fine art of photography showcasing the team's iconic F/A-18 Hornets in all their glory. The vivid blue skies serve as the perfect backdrop for their awe-inspiring performances.

Tall Ships Wall Art Collection that Inspires

August 5th, 2023

Tall Ships Wall Art Collection that Inspires

Embark on a visual voyage through a collection that encapsulates the timeless charm and grandeur of seafaring vessels. Each meticulously crafted piece captures the essence of these majestic ships photographed on the Great Lakes, allowing you to bring a touch of nautical splendor to your living space.

Immerse yourself in a stunning array of oceanic decor, where maritime photography transforms into awe-inspiring wall art. Our gallery exhibition proudly showcases the artistry of sailing vessels, making it a haven for enthusiasts and interior design aficionados alike. Elevate your surroundings with the mesmerizing interplay of sea and sail, as the curated selection seamlessly merges vintage nautical aesthetics with contemporary design.

Whether you're a seasoned sailor, an admirer of marine-themed decor, or someone seeking distinctive wall art inspiration, our tall ships collection offers a treasure trove of options. Let the intricate details and vibrant hues of ship prints whisk you away to the high seas, allowing you to bask in the beauty of seafaring adventures from the comfort of your home.

Click on the link below and indulge in the ambiance of coastal living with our decorative wall prints, carefully curated to infuse any space with a seafarer's delight. Transform your surroundings into a sanctuary of oceanic majesty, where each piece narrates a unique story of maritime heritage and elegance. Enhance your interior with the charm of sailboat artwork that evokes the romance and spirit of exploration.

Geo-Analytics for Artwork Sold

June 23rd, 2021

Geo-Analytics for Artwork Sold

Over the years, as a professional wedding and portrait photographer, I sold many prints and other photo products to clients. I always knew who was purchasing my work. Since signing up with Fine Art America in January of 2012 and making my first sale in June, the buyers have been anonymous. The only information I receive is the title and type of artwork purchased, and the location where the order came from. This has been a new experience with not knowing the client or whether they are a collector or a commercial buyer. Marketing to new customers is quite a challenge.

Since there are no demographics available for marketing my fine art work, I turned to Geo-Analytics with hopes this would give me some insight to finding new clients. The map you see below indicates the locations where artwork was purchased. I used Google Maps to chart each sale. Clicking on a pin or artwork titles in the left window opens a context menu providing the location and type of print as well as a direct link to the picture the was purchased from dalekincaid.com. Colored pins represent popular sales, such as the blue pins for the Cleveland Skyline favorite. The orange pins are the Walking With Grandma print. The green pins are a combination of all my Birds Of Prey artwork. And the red pins are everything else.

I have studied the Geo-Analytics map in an effort to determine what marketing efforts it might reveal. When I figure that out I will let you know. Meanwhile, I will keep on doing what I do, charts sales and see where it leads. Comments and ideas are always welcome.

Lakeside Daisies

June 23rd, 2021

Lakeside Daisies

I recently visited the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve in Marblehead, Ohio. This was my first visit to view the rarest of Ohio native wildflower endangered species. Lakeside Daisies normally bloom early to mid-may. Due to an early spring, the daisies were past their prime. So I had to make the best of a bleak situation and the mid-day sun. This was one of the last pictures I captured laying very uncomfortably on the ground. Artwork was added to make this a delightful addition to my Texture Art Photography project.

 

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