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The Great Eclipse of August 2017 was 75% eclipsed where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I wasn’t able to travel to see Totality so photographed the Eclipse from my backyard.

I made an image every 10 minutes from just before it began until the very end. The images are unguided. In between images I moved my lens away from the sun so the sun wouldn’t be shining down my lens and possibly damage my sensor even though I had a genuine Solar Filter mounted to the lens.

This composite showing some of the most pronounced phases of the phenomenon is comprised of 7 frames. The left side is first contact, the middle peak eclipsed, and the last image on the right last contact or pretty close to it.

Partial Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm @500mm| f/11| ISO 200| 1/500s – 1/320s| PS CC 2017

I’ve got my mind set on seeing the Solar Eclipse in 2024 in Totality, and will be making plans to view that early as that probably will be the last chance I get to see it live.

more to come…




  1. Very cool captures, Deborah!

  2. I am late to your solar eclipse reveal photo shoot, Deborah! Thank you since I was at work and the sky was somewhat overcast. Your sequence is amazing and the details are really crisp! So amazing!
    I went to look out a window and saw a reflection on the hood of a car in the parking lot. It was of the sun’s edge and darkness in the center but it was hazy and not very accurate. xo 🌚🌝

    • Still, kinda cool to see the Eclipse that way. It’s a different perspective being reflected in the hood of a car.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! xx

  3. Well done, Deborah!


  4. That’s fab! 😀 It was cloudy here, and I’m hoping since we’re supposed to be in the path of totality, we’ll get a better experience in 2024 as well.

    • We had a typical Summer overcast morning and I worried it wouldn’t burn off by 9am for me to get a series of beginning shots, but fortunately it did burn off! Often times it’s after 11am before it burns off.

    • Sorry hit send too soon. He-Man came to talk and distracted me. 🙂 Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

  5. beautifully done – if anyone knows how difficult this is to actually capture!!! BRAVO!!!

    • Thank you so much Jodi! I’m thankful that you appreciate and understand the time and work that went into making the sequence. xx

  6. Awesome sequence Deborah! I plan to see totality in 2024. It falls a few days before my 25th anniversary so I’ve already put the trip in as a request for my gift. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Amy! Those plans sound exciting. It will make your anniversary week-end really special.

      I’ve got my reminder to book a place already set up in my agenda. I hope we both get to see it!

  7. I love the time lapse of the 7 photos. I suspected you were going to try to capture it … nicely done!!

  8. Love your photos – perfect. 🙂

  9. Great shots!

  10. Very nice series Deborah. We just got clouds and weird sunlight here.

  11. That is so very cool! Thanks for showing us

  12. I love how you made a composite like this. When I was out looking, I didn’t notice that the covered part shifted the way your photos show that it did. Neat!

    • It was neat seeing that shift. I never expect it, but it always happens. Thanks so much Melissa for the comment! I’m glad you like the composite.

  13. That is really neat! We were not in the totality path, either. I’m envious you could take photos of it! That is way cool.

  14. What a wonderful little sequence. Seven images depicting an amazing phenomenon. Even at 75%, it’s spectacular to see. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much Dan! It was pretty neat to see the partial. I’m glad you like the sequence of images. 🙂

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