You Choose The News 8-18-17

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How To Stay Safe While Taking An Eclipse Selfie 

It’s almost time for the Great American Eclipse, which is happening Monday, August 21. Millions of Americans are eagerly anticipating this once-in-a-lifetime event, and no doubt many are wondering if they can sneak a selfie in during the experience. Most experts recommend putting your phone down and enjoying the brief celestial event, but plenty of people are still going to be snapping selfies.

So if you do plan to take a photo during the eclipse, here’s some advice from Nathan Yanasak and Jeri Ann Beckworth from the Department of Radiology and Imaging at Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia.

  • Lower your expectations - The eclipse will look tiny in your photos, so focus on getting wide views with the sky and atmosphere included.
  • Keep your solar eclipse glasses on - Safety is crucial! Don’t look directly at the sun and don’t take off your safety glasses.
  • Be quick - The totality period is only about two minutes and 30 seconds or less, so snap your selfie fast so you still have time to take it all in.
  • Practice adjusting your camera’s control exposure settings - Get to know your phone camera’s settings and practice before the eclipse.
  • Consider downloading an advanced phone app, such as ProCamera - It’ll give you more exposure settings and features.

And when it’s time to actually take the eclipse selfie, here’s what to do:

  • Switch your flash from “Auto” to “On.”
  • Turn on your front-facing camera, so you see yourself on the screen.
  • Move around so that you see the moon over your shoulder.
  • Use your right hand to adjust the exposure to the moon and hold.
  • Use your left hand to take the photo.
  • Then put your phone away and enjoy the moment, even if you didn’t get the photo you wanted.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

KRISTEN'S PICK 

FLORIDA WOMAN GIVEN LIFETIME BUS PASS FOR HER 103RD BIRTHDAY

A Tampa woman recently celebrated her 103rd birthday and has no plans to slow down. In fact, Pinellas County is making sure she keeps moving for as long as possible by giving her a free lifetime bus pass.

Barbara Rygiel for many years has relied on the bus to take her to church four times a week, but the cost of it adds up. She won't have to worry about that anymore thanks to her lifetime pass.

She says, "It means everything to me. Look at how much I can save."

The CEO of the transit authority said, "We are very proud to serve everyone in Pinellas County and certainly folks that are seniors, many who can’t drive or have limited availability to drive, rely on public transportation." 

Rygiel says she is eternally grateful and when she goes to church every day she'll keep the transit authority in her prayers. (Bay News 9)

JASON'S PICK 

Stone Mountain Denies KKK Permit To Burn Flag

The KKK put in a request to be able to burn a cross at Stone Mountain. The request was denied. In a statement, the memorial group, which oversees the park, said it “condemns the beliefs and actions of the Ku Klux Klan and believes the denial of this Public Assembly request is in the best interest of all parties.”

(ajc)

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