A few weeks ago we shot video for Amazon at the new fulfillment center (dubbed Jax 2) here in Jacksonville. It is a massive facility (over 800,000 square feet!) and is adding an estimated 1,500 new full-time jobs to the Jacksonville economy, which is a pretty cool thing for our city. Amazon was holding an employee training event which we documented, along with capturing aerial footage of the new facility.
This year, North America was treated to a rare event: a total solar eclipse starting in Oregon, crossing the great plains and then ending over South Carolina. The Moon’s shadow swept over the contiguous US with an average speed of one thousand miles per hour. The eclipse took place over a period of four hours and lasted only one to two-and-a-half minutes in certain areas along its 73-mile wide path of totality. Though much of the country experienced a partial eclipse, only those within the path of totality experienced a total eclipse. My wife and I decided to make the trip to South Carolina (the closest point of totality for us) with our friends from Deremer Studios, who planned to photograph the event from start to finish. Not to be outdone, we brought our film equipment too.
Watch the video at the end of the article to view our trip from start to finish and our experience of totality.