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One year ago today: The Great American Eclipse

I still get goosebumps when I think back to this extraordinary celestial event.

My brother and I had the date marked on our calendars for years and when the time came, our planning could not have panned out better. I spent weeks leading up to the event researching how to photograph a solar eclipse and practiced every chance I got. We chose a spot in southeastern Wyoming near the town of Lingle, away from major population centers and a spot that would likely have clear skies.

When the time came, well, it was just awesome. Period. For those that were able to get under the path of totality, it was something you will remember for the rest of your life.

I was so impressed by it, I already have the date of April 8, 2024 circled on my calendar for when the next total solar eclipse happens in North America and I will be doing my best to be there.

This image is a collage of the various stages of the event from the start when the first sliver of the moon started to block the sun to the diamond ring just before totality, totality, and then the finishing stages.

Images taken with my CanonUSA 7D Mark II and SIGMA 150-600 Sports.

Collage of images of the Great American Eclipse in August 2017 from start to finish. (© Tony’s Takes)

Collage of images of the Great American Eclipse in August 2017 from start to finish. (© Tony’s Takes)

Blood moon and stars

One more from yesterday morning’s lunar eclipse. As I mentioned in the posting last night, I kind of struggled with my zoomed in pics of the celestial event. Clearly my manual focusing was less than spot on and there seemed to be a bit of movement.

This capture didn’t come out too horrible and I do like the hint of blue in the sky caused by the rising sun in the opposite direction.

View my complete set of captures of the celestial event below the image.

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse at totality with a few stars showing. (© Tony’s Takes)

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse at totality with a few stars showing. (© Tony’s Takes)

The super blue blood moon over Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

I took a couple hours off of work today so I could come in late to capture the lunar eclipse. For two hours I froze my you-know-what-off to capture the event from Barr Lake State Park, Colorado State Parks.

Unfortunately I am less than happy with my zoomed in pics of the event. I suspect I did a poor job manually focusing.

However, as things came to an end, I took a wider view of the scene capturing this one. Below, the frozen lake and lights from the Front Range with those snow-capped mountains behind. Above, a wave cloud and of course that blood moon.

View all my images from this celestial event below the image.

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado's Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Looking back: December 10, 2011 total lunar eclipse

This coming Wednesday we will get to witness a bit of a trifecta of lunar events – a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon. Of course the big part of that is the latter, the total lunar eclipse that will take place. Not long before sunrise, the full moon will be setting in the west and at 6:29am MST be totally eclipsed. Soon after it will disappear over the horizon.

The event will be similar to the one pictured here just over six years ago. Back then I was just re-dipping my toes into photography after being largely absent for a number of years and my gear and skills lacked where I am at / what I have today. If I can make it work with my schedule, I am going to give the 2018 version of the event a try.

A view of the December 2011 total lunar eclipse as seen from Colorado's Barr Lake State Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A view of the December 2011 total lunar eclipse as seen from Colorado’s Barr Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video slideshow: Photo event of the year – the Great American Eclipse

The last of my annual recap slideshows with what I consider to be my photo event of the year.

My brother and I made plans to be in the path of totality three years ago. In the month or so leading up to it, I read and practiced as much as I could about how best to photograph this once-in-a-lifetime event.

With totality only last two minutes or so, I couldn’t afford to screw up! 😉 Thankfully, all that preparation paid off and I captured some great pics (IMHO) of this celestial event from start to finish.

I don’t know what the new year will hold for photographic opportunities but I don’t expect it will be able to top this. Happy New Year, everyone!

Solar eclipse shows the diamond ring and prominences

When I look back on my photo year, there can be no doubt that the solar eclipse was the single biggest event. It is hard to describe just how extraordinary it was to experience and capture it.

This is one of my favorite stages of the event, just as totality was coming to an end. You see the ‘diamond ring effect’ of the sun beginning to emerge from behind the moon.

Also notable are the appearance of prominences – the pink / red ‘flames’ you see in the image shooting out. These are somewhat like solar flares except they don’t actually leave the surface of the sun. Made of plasma and capable of extending hundreds of thousands of miles from the surface, they are normally only visible from Earth during an eclipse so seeing them is a big treat.

The total solar eclipse starts to end showing the diamond ring effect and solar prominences. (© Tony’s Takes)

The total solar eclipse starts to end showing the diamond ring effect and solar prominences. (© Tony’s Takes)

Photo slideshow captures the Great American Eclipse

I don’t know how many “amazing” adjectives I can use to describe the solar eclipse last week and my being under the path of totality. More than a week later I still can’t believe it. The problem is that I don’t know how best to depict the photos I took of the event. The collage I shared last week did a good job I think and now I took some of the images and put them into a video slideshow. What do you think?

Solar eclipse provides prime corona viewing

Such a treat to be able to capture not only the eclipse but also this rarely seen part of our Sun. This is actually a sequence of seven images, all taken at different exposures, stacked on top of each other using a technique called HDR – High Dynamic Range. Compiling images that were under, over and properly exposed all together allow a greater level of detail of the corona to be seen in photographs than what would otherwise be possible.

It truly was beautiful to witness in person and this image helps to capture it. Extending thousands of miles from the star’s surface, this area of plasma is the Sun’s outermost atmosphere. It is normally only visible during an eclipse or by using a specialized type of telescope called a coronagraph. The area is actually hotter than the surface of the sun with temperatures up to 18 million degrees Fahrenheit!

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An HDR image of the Great American Eclipse at totality showcases the sun's corona. (© Tony’s Takes)

An HDR image of the Great American Eclipse at totality showcases the sun’s corona. (© Tony’s Takes)