I have been thinking about today's eclipse for a long time now. I've been wanting to photograph it since the day I started this blog in November of last year. For the past couple days I have been preparing to photograph the solar eclipse. I made test shots with my cameras to get the best possible photo. I had scouted out the best locations for the shot. I even disassembled one of my dad's old welding hoods and extracted the dark glass inside to cover my lens. Everything was set. Even the weather was looking great. For the past week here in West Alabama we've had nothing but clear blue skies. I was excited to get a good series of shots of the eclipse from start to finish in hopes of making a time lapse movie. But it was not meant to be. Just as the eclipse was set to begin, low grey clouds moved over West Alabama. A quick look at the radar indicated the clouds were here to stay. I thought I had missed my one chance but I held out hope. I scrapped all my plans and moved to high ground and waited, hoping the clouds would break while the moon still covered at least a part of the sun. And that's happened. The clouds grew thinner and brighter as sunlight from the setting sun broke through. I didn't know if the moon was still there but as the clouds thinned I could see a sliver of the moon disk taking a chunk out of the sun. I had just a few seconds to get a picture of the event I have been thinking about for a year. I got what I think is a nice shot of the eclipse over an ocean of clouds. I got the pic but not as I had planned it.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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