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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Totality and Earthshine

This image was captured during the Great American Eclipse on 8/21/17. It is a high-dynamic-range composite of 12 different exposures ranging from 1/1000s to 3s shutter speed. The wispy, magnetized tendrils of the inner and outer corona, the bright orange and magenta solar flares, and the faint glow of the moon’s surface illuminated by the day side of earth (“earthshine”) are all visible in this HDR composite.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2017
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: Crowheart, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © Paul Schmit