On October 14, residents of North and South America observed a rare celestial event: an annular solar eclipse also known as the ring of fire. It occurs when the Moon passes the apogee of its orbit and its angular size in the Earth’s sky is smaller than the size of the Sun. Thus, it cannot completely cover the solar disk. Therefore, instead of a solar corona, a ring of fire can be observed in the sky.
Of course, astrophotographers were looking forward to this event. In the vastness of the World Wide Web, you can already find a lot of spectacular images of the annular eclipse taken in different American countries. But, perhaps, one of the most spectacular photo shoots was made in Brazil by photographer Marcelo Maragni. You can see a man with a surfboard in the background of a fiery arc. This is Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira, who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Preparation for the picture took several months. At first, the photographer had to find a point with good visibility, through which the Sun should have passed at the moment of the phase of the fiery arc. Such a place was found in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in eastern Brazil. Maragni visited more than 20 peaks and mountains in the vicinity of the local beach to get a point with the right azimuth angle.
Further, Maragni made an accurate calculation of the time at which the Sun would pass through this point. In total, the photographer had a five-second window during which he could take the desired photo.
At the time of the photo session, the photographer was at a distance of one kilometer from the sportsman. They kept in touch via walkie-talkies. In addition to the camera with a long-focus lens, the photographer also used sunglasses and mirrors to avoid the appearance of a shadow effect on the photo of the sportsman. He also had to adjust his position to catch the perfect angle.
Fortunately, all these efforts were not in vain. Maragni managed to create some of the most beautiful and memorable photos of the annular eclipse of 2023.
According to https://www.estadao.com.br
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