It has been a very productive year for photographing Sunflowers here in Colorado and the whole month of August it was primarily what I concentrated on. Captured using my cameras 'in camera HDR' ability combined with using using a CPL and a Grad ND I was able to get the subtle light that I was really aiming for, especially on the petals. Needless to say I was rather over the moon about that, but not quite as much as how I was when the sky began to pop for sunset against the Rocky Mountains.
A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.