Eclipse!


You’re looking at a very wide shot of today’s eclipse from just north of Yiwu, China. What I love about this photo is the sunlight creeping over the edge of the mountain on right side of the image and how it backlights the clouds that tormented us all week long. Our location, in relation to the path of totality’s center line, meant we could see light escaping from around the shadow of the moon. The end result was a 360 degree sunset.

It was incredibility beautiful, in some ways it eclipsed the eclipse in terms of “wow, I can’t believe how amazing this is.” Our eclipse team was on a wide desert plain surrounded by mountains and the center of that became dark and cold during the eclipse but all along the surrounding mountain ridges it glowed with color. Amazing!

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5 Responses to “Eclipse!”

  1. Bill Dean Says:
    August 9th, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Hi Lauren,

    It was HOT! I think Paul was measuring ambient at around 105F during one of the previous days but with direct solar loading it sure felt hotter and the humidity seemed pretty high to boot. The first setup day was pretty windy but there were gusts throughout our time in the field with some cases blowing over and the like making for a bit of excitement at times.

    Fine tuning the polar alignment of the mounts was difficult at night due to persistent clouds. I must say the first night under the clouds was pretty nice though as I had foam pads to sleep on rather than the plywood back at tent city. The night before the eclipse proved mostly clear so it worked out save for some settling due to wind buffeting and the soft sand. Our friends at XJTV were very helpful by providing power during the night and special thanks go out to my main man Kebir Muhammad at XJTV for the invaluable help with some two-legged visitors and being a great and enthusiastic observing partner. I owe Kebir some some time under the stars with a decent-sized ‘scope on top of a whole lot of grattitude.

    Rough conditions overall but it was a great time made possible and downright enjoyable by the wonderful folks involved and the friendly people of the region who welcomed us all.

    Clear skies,

    Bill

  2. lowellr Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Hi David,

    You are absolute right, the eclipse path was not 30 miles wide. I’ll fix the post right away.

  3. Lauren W.(chicago) Says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Lowell- your description and photos are incredible – sounds hokey – but I felt like I saw it… I did end up wondering what it felt like- the pictures look so expansive – that they make it look elegant/ simple- so I wonder- was the team outside waiting and shooting for hours- was it cold/ hot/
    what was the setup like- did you setup during the day – standing out side positioning tripods and testing stuff- only to then stand out all night waiting and shooting?
    always a fan of yours
    LW

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    August 1st, 2008 at 4:03 pm

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  5. David Harvey Says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Really like the wide angle environmental shot – sure does show the slendor of nature. nicely done. Again – “this year’s eclipse had a very narrow path, only 30 miles wide” – where are you getting this information? NO! 153 miles wide!

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