Ottawa photographer goes all out for ultimate eclipse shot
Derek Kind had fraction of a second to capture space station's transit across sun's face
When Ottawa photographer Derek Kind decided to travel to Wyoming to capture the totality of Monday's solar eclipse, he knew he needed some way to demonstrate the awesome scale of the celestial show.
"I hit on the idea of the solar transit of the ISS, and a search of transit times in locations across the band of totality revealed that there was only one place in the U.S. where the transit and totality bands intersected," he said on Tuesday.
That perfect vantage point was just west of Crowheart, Wyo. — more than 3,500 kilometres from Ottawa.
Kind's camera, which was attached to a telescope, managed to catch the spacecraft as it trekked directly across the sun's face while the dark shadow of the moon closed in from above.
Gone in 0.7 seconds
"I took video frames and combined them to show the full transit in a single image," he explained.
He encouraged budding photographers to give it their all for the perfect shot, like he did.