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Total Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is a rare occurrence and to photograph one is difficult. Ian Plant was determined to make the recent one in the US a success. Here is the story behind the scenes

I have been waiting for this moment for almost a year. Twelve months of planning, scheming, research and preparation have all built to a frenzied crescendo pitch of eager nervousness. And then, all of a sudden, like a wave crashing on the shore, the urgent tension breaks, and I’m in the calm of the present. I only have two minutes to get a successful photo of the solar eclipse, and there is no time to think about anything else.

When I first learned of the solar eclipse that would grace the United States in August 2017, I immediately started thinking of a wide-angle landscape picture, rather than the more typical telephoto view. I began to research locations along the 70-mile wide path of totality (the area where observers could see the moon completely blocking the sun), hoping to find a place with dramatic scenery and high likelihood for clear skies. I eventually settled on a backcountry location deep within the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. After two days and twenty miles of strenuous trekking with almost fifty pounds on my back (yes, I was carrying too much photo equipment), battling hordes of mosquitoes and eclipse-tourists along the way, I was finally at my destination. And then it hit me: all of...

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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