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