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 hill 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.

14 thoughts on “Ring of Fire

  1. One of the things that amazed me, and I think it shows very well in your photos, is how the sun appeared “solid” throughout most of the eclipse, but that for the four-minute “Ring of Fire” it appeared almost as glowing liquid. It was a beautiful sight. You did a great job capturing it!

      • I did not have a filter, I did not have a proper lens, I did not have any equipment to photograph the eclipse of the sun. So, I photographed place and people, and I think that was an important part of the impact of the entire day. I left you another note on the new flower post. (I have an ‘album’ of the day on my FB page). Your images are fine, and I love the flowers you photographed the same day! The fact you are going back says something about the impact of the day, whether or not you have the pictures you *planned* to produce ahead of time. It was an amazing day, a sight I’ll never forget. And your images are there to remind me of what is in my head!!! All of us were very lucky to be here Sunday afternoon, wherever “here” was for each of us! Images are secondary to the experience we all felt. 🙂

      • Susan, I don’t think you missed anything by not having the equipment to photograph the eclipse, because you don’t capture the experience with the photos of the eclipse itself. Photos of the people, the place and the light are much more interesting than the photos of the eclipse, and act as a much better reminder of how special the day was.

        I don’t have any pre-planned photos of the area for when we return. We get busy, tied up in life and forget that an easy 30 minute drive gets us to some very beautiful desert landscape.

  2. Your photos of the eclipse are beautiful; I love the one with the landscape beneath, and the ring of fire is excellent. Thank you Tim, for sharing these with us.

    • You are right! A 600 mm lens on a four thirds camera doesn’t really produce very exciting images of an eclipse. The sharp, properly exposed images could just as well be photographs of cut outs on black paper with light shining behind them. But tonight I’ll post some of the cactus blooms and wild flowers I photographed during the eclipse.

      • -I remember the eclipse we had here and it was very impressive to feel the sudden chill of colder air, the wind starting to blow harder or slower and the response of the birds making more sounds or less, cant remember.

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