I will be in the path of total darkness during the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. I plan to be in alpine wilderness (Oregon Cascades), but will adjust my location as needed so that there are no clouds.
I'll have a single 4K video camera, tripod, ample recording memory, and batteries.
While the typical eclipse video is a direct image of the sun waning, then black with halo, then waxing, etc., I suspect there will be adequate quantities of those videos available for viewing.
I am hoping to capture something more unusual -- something that isn't routinely photographed. Ideas which spring to mind:
- environmental changes attendant upon the eclipse, such as wind direction, air temperature, stream flow, ambient sound, etc.
- wildlife behavioral changes: birds, mammals, rodents, fish, insects, etc.
- vegetation changes: what do flowers which open for daylight or track the sun do for two minutes of darkness and about 60 minutes of variable darkness before and about 60 minutes afterward?
Are there other features attendant on a total solar eclipse which I could capture with my equipment and that are relatively rarely photographed except in scientific expeditions?
Likewise, are there any aspects which you know might be a waste of time to try to capture?