Ring of Fire

The experts recommended viewing the solar eclipse from a location where one could see Mount Taylor. Mount Taylor is in the distance on the left-hand side of the panorama above. The haze is smoke from fires in Arizona. This location is about 25 miles west of our house, and fairly remote; however, there was a group of people camped on a hillĀ about a quarter mile south of where I set up my camera who were celebrating the eclipse. They all cheered when it first started and then started playing drums and flutes, and were having a great time. So even though we were out in the middle of nowhere, we had decent background music, interrupted with cheers at the various points, as we watched the sun slip behind the moon.

Most of the photos I took from the first cheer to after the “ring of fire” are very sharp, properly exposed, and very boring; however, I softened the focus and over exposed a couple of the the photos during the eclipse, which added a little color and some interest, in my opinion. I pulled the zoom back from 600 mm to 140 mm at one point during the 4 minutes the full eclipse lasted, and over exposed the image enough to get a little bit of the landscape under the “ring of fire”. One aspect that was truly spectacular with this type of eclipse was to see the two perfect circles of the moon and sun together.