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click to enlarge A spire in the Garden of the Gods allowed me to create my own eclipse. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • A spire in the Garden of the Gods allowed me to create my own eclipse.
On a whim I decided to take a camera to the Garden of the Gods during the partial eclipse. I didn't do any research beforehand to find out the best way to photograph the eclipse.

I had picture in my head of the Garden of the Gods covered in shadow. I thought I might need to take multiple exposures and create an HDR image by sandwiching the exposures. I was also open to the real possibility that I wouldn't be able to make the picture at all . And in the end, I didn't manage it — or at least the results were so poor I don't even want to show them here.

Unable to align my vision with the reality has its drawbacks, but it's also the first step toward creative problem solving in the field.

This is one of the reasons I love photography so much — though my original idea didn't come to be, other ideas came to me that day.
click to enlarge Garden of the Gods Park during the partial eclipse in Colorado Springs, Colorado. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Garden of the Gods Park during the partial eclipse in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

As I was making my way to my car, a spire of red rock near the parking lot provided the inspiration I needed. I looked up and saw the sun casting a shadow at the top of the spire.

I framed the sun peeking out from just behind it and created my own eclipse.

Am I ecstatic about the results? Not especially. But I was pleased to be able find and create an interesting picture that illustrated the eclipse.

It also reminds me just how important thinking on your feet is in photography.

Happy shooting!

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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