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Before we get too departed from the excitement of the great American eclipse this year, I wanted to share a fun photo with you.

With cameras painfully ubiquitous, it is increasingly difficult to present any new ideas.  But I love a good challenge, and I’m always trying to push myself.  Sometimes, the unique concept comes from how the picture is taken.  Other times, the creativity shines in the editing.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

For the eclipse, I had several ideas for what I wanted to get.  Unfortunately, it’s a rare event that only lasts two minutes, so I couldn’t shoot everything I wanted.  I was focused more on simply capturing as much as I could, with the option to do different things with the images once secured (and I enjoyed various editing liberties with several similar shots).

I was pretty stoked when I got the pictures home; they were just as I’d hoped.  And then the internet exploded with thousands of exactly the same image.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

This was said to have been the most photographed eclipse ever, so it’s no surprise that they were mostly all the same.  I did the HDR; I did the diamond ring.  I have the corona and the prominences.

But so does everyone else.

I had thoughts of throwing together a composite, showing the various phases of the eclipse.  While these are less commonly seen, they still aren’t anything all that unusual.

But as I was playing around with that, another idea came to mind.  What if I stacked each phase into the negative space granted by totality, layering each into a concentric pattern?

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

The result looked almost comical to me.  Aaron instantly loved it.  I shared it with a few friends, and I even got the response, “it’s so awful I love it!”  Now, the more I look at it, the more I kind of like it.  It’s certainly different from most of the others I see out there.

So I thought I’d share it here.  What do you think?

And if you’re curious how I made this composite, I’ll be featuring this in my next newsletter.  Sign up here to see the behind-the-scenes!

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