A total solar eclipse is certainly best seen in person. Even with digital cameras of some sort making it into the hands of almost everyone in America, few are truly equipped to capture a close, clear shot of something so tricky to photograph. And few photographers possess the skills to pull it off well.
Here are the ten most incredible professional photos of the eclipse and surrounding events that we’ve seen so far (in no particular order):
1. St. Louis Arch time lapse by Jeff Robertson of the Associated Press.
2. Almost total eclipse in Salem Oregon by Don Ryan of the Associated Press.
3. Total eclipse in Redmond, Oregon by the Associated Press.
4. Dog named Madison appearing to enjoy the festivities by Reuters
5. Darkened high school field in Madras, Oregon by Getty Images.
6. International Space Station in flight in front of the eclipsed sun as seen from Wyoming by NASA.
7. Incredible expression at first sight of the eclipse at Southern Illinois University by Rex Features.
8. Yep, you knew these interesting people would be watching, too. This is from a ranch gathering near Mitchell, Oregon by the Agence France-Presse.
9. People in the air got a treat, too. This was taken on a London flight headed to Miami by the UK’s Press Association.
10. The First Family takes it all in from a White House balcony by Getty Images North America.
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