Eclipse Photo of a Lifetime? How a photojournalist Rick Wilking shot the eclipse with the Sony a9

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Yes, I've posted several times about the solar eclipse that happened a few months ago here in the US and that's because I've always been an astronomy geek (hence the “planet” part of planet5D and planetMitch).

But this story is also fascinating to me because of the luck and the ability of Rick Wilking in getting the amazing shot and getting it out so quickly!

Oh, and it happens to be shot on the Sony A9 – but that's not the point.

Lastly, I find it interesting that this backs up the theory that it is better to be in the right place at the right time and to grab the shot than it is to be perfect in the technical result. The jet isn't perfectly in focus, but that doesn't impact the image in any way. And that's because it tells the story.



A veteran photojournalist, Rick Wilking secured a spot in the path of totality for the August solar eclipse and planned to shoot the event for Reuters. We tagged along on the assignment, and while Wilking's story didn't quite pan out as predicted, an unexpected subject in the sky and a quick reaction made for a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Find out how he captured this remarkable image.

Source: How a photojournalist shot the eclipse photo of a lifetime with the Sony a9: Digital Photography Review

 

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

planetMitch

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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind planet5D.com

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