We enjoyed nearly two minutes of 100% totality here. Thin cumulus cloud drifted across the sun during that period, but we still got a good view of the corona and of the “diamond ring” effect when the sun first reappeared. Most amazing details for me were the soft sunrise pastel shades that appeared on the horizon 360 degrees around, and the total quiet as birds, critters, and humans in cars all stopped and held their breath. Gotta wonder what goes thru a chickadee’s little brain when the sun disappears mid-day … and then comes back. (tweet) WTF?! (tweet)
I do not own an ultra-long telephoto lens, so I shot with a mid-range telephoto and a polarizing filter, and captured the sun and the immediate surrounding sky. Images were deliberately underexposed so as to reveal the sun as clearly as possible. Also shown is an image of the eerie pseudo-sunrise colors. These photos are for your enjoyment but, of course, are not to be re-distributed nor published.
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