So this is a slightly different post to the usual baby photography shots from our London studio. But indulge me for one moment … the wonder of a newborn baby isn’t that much different from the wonder of our universe being brought into focus through a total solar eclipse….
14 November 2012. Total Solar Eclipse, as seen from Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Northern Queensland, Australia. The eclipse began moments after sunrise, reaching totality at 6:37am, at only 13 degrees above the horizon. Our view was obscured by lots of cloud, but we caught glimpses of the partial eclipse and then the main highlight — totality — when the clouds magically parted and allowed us a full view of the eclipsed sun for well over a minute of the two minutes of totality.
The first shot above is first contact, when the moon began its cross over the sun, from the top left. There is a small bite out of the sun visible in the image.
The second shot is second contact, when the moon fully covered the sun. Totality. Stunning light out over the ocean.
After Port Douglas, the moon’s shadow moved out over the ocean, tracing a path toward but stopping short of South America, never crossing any other land en route.