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Photographing The Total Solar Eclipse

Updated: May 9, 2023

Today,  Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality saw one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse.

the phases of the total solar eclipse

This path, where the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, stretched from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path still saw a partial eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

map of the path of the solar eclipse

Nearly 7.4 million people traveled to the path of totality and we were TWO of them!

Today was magical! The two of us spent the eclipse together at a very special location in Missouri. As photographers, it was a dream come true, and an event neither one of us will ever forget. As totality set in and the light drained from the sky, the colors suddenly became more vivid. Blues, greens, and browns really popped in almost an HDR effect. The birds started to sing, and the stars came out and mom’s automatic porch light came on. A peaceful, yet rather eerie, calm set across the land. It was one of the most spectacular things either one of us has ever experienced.

Take a look at this composite we created of selected photos we shot over the entire three hour event.

The phases of the total solar eclipse

Here are a couple of our favorite photos we took when totality occurred.

total solar eclipse at totality
The light around a solar eclipse called Baily's Beads effect

Los Angeles Travel photographers Erin and Jake Photography

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