At the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach, I joined other astronomers to try to witness a partial solar eclipse. But the forecast was not favorable. Lost of clouds in the sky and, specially when I arrived there, the wall of clouds in the horizon made me think we were out of luck. Luckily, we had some breaks in the clouds just enough to see the Moon's shadow "taking a bite" of the Sun. I still remember the excitement of everyone there when we got a first peek of the event. I guess everyone was just feeling very grateful to be witnessing that.
I wouldn't call myself an astronomer. I just showed up with my DSLR camera, but this is one of the those astronomical events that all you need is your naked eyes (well, using some special Sun gazing glasses in this case). And here goes a special thanks to the Amateurs Observer's Society of New York (AOS) for organizing the meet up and providing the Sun gazing glasses.
As for taking pictures and making videos, the clouds actually did more good than harm. Specially on the short video I created of the eclipse, it wouldn't be the same with the moving clouds across the Sun. So, I guess we had just the right dosage of them.
At 800mm, using a Canon 100-400mm lens with 2x teleconverter, and windy, I have to learn how to stabilize the camera better even when placed on a sturdy tripod. But Final Cut X's Stabilization worked wonders.
And here is the video: