My Name Is... Ted Spring

Photographer recounts shooting solar eclipse in Nebraska

Posted 9/5/17

About me

I have been doing various types of photography in the Castle Rock and Douglas County area for over 30 years. Landscape and wildlife photography are what drew me into this career. I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree …

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My Name Is... Ted Spring

Photographer recounts shooting solar eclipse in Nebraska

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About me

I have been doing various types of photography in the Castle Rock and Douglas County area for over 30 years. Landscape and wildlife photography are what drew me into this career. I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in art, specializing in graphic design. There, I was exposed to photography and made a quest to turn it into a full-time career. 

I like all types of photography, not just wildlife and landscapes, but also including portraits of children, high school seniors and families. My studio in Castle Rock also covers wedding, special events as well as commercial projects for area businesses.

Shooting the eclipse

I took on a special photographic challenge in photographing a solar eclipse. In preparing for it I had to get specialized filter material to make a lens for my large telephoto lens, then take dozens of practice shots of the sun. I was going to go to Wyoming but was scared away with the talk of 500,000 people heading north on I-25.

I mapped out the eclipse line across Nebraska and found a spot north of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. By going on two-lane country roads I didn’t run into traffic going or coming back! After setting up along the side of the road I photographed for about an hour and a half. About 15 minutes prior to the full eclipse it got a dark gray, the crickets started making noise, the stars came out, the temperature dropped 15 degrees, the cattle in the pasture lined up and started back to the ranch house.

Outside of work

Photography is my main hobby! I love to hunt, golf and travel worldwide. I’m always with a camera trying to capture a better image. In the last five or six years I’ve traveled to the Arctic, Alaska, Austrilia, New Zealand, Africa, Mexico, Nova Scotia, Cuba, Italy, Prague and throughout the United States (with camera).

My mantra

I’ve always said that I was: “Celebrating a moment in nature through the eye of the camera.”

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