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The Great American Eclipse 2017
A total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many. The path of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, spanning the USA from coast to coast, gave millions a chance to see this marvel of nature. It was probably the most photographed event in history, up to this time. And, of course, I had to go see and photograph, especially since I only needed to travel 5 1/2 hours to be near the center of totality, near John Day, Oregon. But one must witness an eclipse firsthand to truly understand the experience. Pictures just don't do it justice! That said, here are a few of mine from that event. And yes, I plan on shooting the next one in the USA, in 2024.
The Diamond Ring effect


As the sun begins to near totality, the last glimpses of direct sunlight shine through the valleys on the moon's surface. These are called Baily's Beads.

A horizontal representation of several phases of the eclipse event.

This image represents more of how the eclipse progressed through the phases.

The actual corona reaches out several solar diameters from the sun. During a total eclipse, one can only see so much of the corona with the naked eye. Multiple exposures are combined to reveal more. Here's a composite of 11 images I used to bring out some of the corona. The little dot on the lower left side is the planet Mercury, which is normally overpowered by sunlight.

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