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During the last seconds of the total solar eclipse on the 29 March 2006 near Antalya, Turkey, the sun’s corona still gleams the left side of the sun. At split second before the end of the eclipse, the first sunlight already breaks through the craters valleys at the right side of the moon. This causes the spectacular diamond ring effect that is also called Baily’s Beads. The increasing brightness of the sun abruptly ends this phenomenon. A solar eclipse is a very emotional event. Only a perfectly prepared photographic program tested in total darkness can prevent from major errors during these unbelievably short three minutes.

March 2006
Canon 20D, Canon EF-L 100-400mm, f/8, 1/15 second, ISO 100, tripod

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