Lunar-Solar Double Total Eclipse
the sun from 11 July 2010's total solar eclipse, superimposed by the moon from 21 December 2010's total lunar eclipse

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Mon Mar 21, '11 09:03PM
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Media ID 20110322212949495  
Date Mon Mar 21, '11 09:03PM
Comments 6
Views 1549
Uploaded By Patrick Flynn
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I went to Easter Island last July to shoot the total solar eclipse, my second one ever and first since 1998. Then about five months later I drove to a Northern Virginia park about five miles from my home, to capture the lunar totality. The composite result of those two photographs is this single image.

The solar corona that is visible here is actually a compilation of seven individual exposures that were blended via the Pelletier Method. So a total of eight images went into this photograph's creation, and I think that overall this effect is about as fantastical as possible while still presenting documentary photography.

I submitted this image to Astronomy Picture of the Day, but received no response from them. So I just thought I would see how this brand-new TPN forum digs an authentic lunar-solar double!

Patrick, that is one crazy image! 


I actually really like it - makes me look and look again, partially because it looks un-natural (looks like you have dropped a moon model onto a satin sheet!) but that doesn't make it any less compelling.   I could see that being the cover of a magazine/book/CD very easilly.



Hi Rob, yes I thought of sheet with a heavy ball on it too! Offer it to Prof. Brian Cox for his next book cover.

As a piece of art I find it intriguing and well executed. Certainly you executed it well. From a scientific standpoint I think you'll have a hard time “selling it” to any sort of astrological community. I think they view photographs much like a photojournalist does, and requires as much purity in the image as possible. But I could be wrong.

Matt, you are absolutely correct - photographic standards are nothing compared to astronomical ones. This rendition of these eclipses is only meant to be unique and compared to realistic.

That does by definition make it gimmicky. So I hereby cop to gimmickry!

Edited on Sunday, March 27 2011 @ 03:13 AM EDT by Patrick Flynn
Just spectacular!! The image speaks by itself!