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Clinton Melander

Clinton Melander



I grew up watching my father and his father before him photograph and paint the epic landscapes of the Western U.S. In the summer, I have hiked the great pine forest of the Northwest, I’ve drank the sweetness of the high mountain streams, and have looked up into the sidereal heavens and view billions upon billions of stars of the black skies of the great southern deserts. And in all this, I have come to know for myself the Creator of it all. That, He, created it all, by the Power of His Word. So, what else could I do, but try and capture a portion of the light of the world and share it with others. That is what photography is to me…. and more.
  • Canon 5d MK2
  • Canon 5d MK3
  • Canon 5d MK4
  • 21mm Carl Zeiss (modified)
  • 24-105mm Canon
  • 70-200 Canon
  • 16-35mm Canon
  • 14mm 1.8 Sigma

The Ring of Fire over Horseshoe Bend..............

Published May 18th, 2013

An annular eclipse is a remarkable event. The Moon appears to be encircled by a ring of sunlight, known as the "Ring of Fire”. The term “Annular” comes from the Latin word meaning “Ring". This ring effect is caused when the earth’s orbit moves closer to the Sun and the apparent size difference looks as though the Sun is slightly larger than the Moon. If your location on earth happens to be aligned along the path of annularity you would see a perfect “Ring of Fire”. If you are a little to the north or south of this line you will not see a perfect ring.


I started making plans to photograph the eclipse about six months earlier. I envisioned an almost time-lapse looking image that would tell the epic story of the circles of time within a dramatic panoramic landscape. I was not sure how this could all be executed but I felt driven to try.

I used Google Earth to scout different locations along the path of annularity.

There was only one place that would fit the vision ...

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