August 21, 2017 Field Trip for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 08 21 Solar Eclipse

Photograph the solar eclipse with
Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA)!

This is a GNPA MEMBERS ONLY field trip.

WHEN: August 21 from 12:00 Noon – 4:30 PM
WHERE: Niota, TN 37826

The field trip location is private property (an open field that is a 200 yard walk from where we will park the cars). We will set up almost at the dead center of the eclipse path. A building at the parking area contains two restrooms.

The field will be mowed before the event. A few days prior to the event, detailed information will be sent out to registered participants (including directions, exact address, coordinates, recommended equipment, creature comfort needs, etc.).


If you do not see the Register Here Button, log in and it will appear.

To register, you must be a Current Member. If you are not a member, you can Join Here.

The actual physical address and coordinates will be provided after you complete the registration out of respect for the owner's property. For planning information on your drive time, use Google Maps for Niota, TN.

Prior to the event, you should familiarize yourself with the equipment needed (filters) to protect your eyes and camera while shooting. Come prepared! GNPA will provide attendees with one pair of Solar Viewer Eye Glasses. Bring your own if you are more comfortable with your personal equipment.

You are responsible for your own safety, especially for your eyes and your camera. GNPA is providing the glasses as a courtesy to attendees, however is in no way liable for any damage you may incur during the trip to your eyes or camera.

It is also important that you are “practiced” with the equipment you will be using. The field trip leaders, while willing to assist somewhat, will be setting up their own shots of this unique event.

For a head start to understanding how to capture an eclipse, attend our June 17, 2017 event at Alpharetta City Hall (

At the field trip location, the duration of the TOTAL eclipse will be approximately 2 minutes and 39 seconds, starting at 2:32 PM. The PARTIAL eclipse begins at 1:03 PM and the exit phase ends at 3:58 PM. Be there at 12:00 Noon for set up.

If you have any questions, please contact Ed Zawacki, .