Lawrence resident Tom Soetaert took this photograph looking west over Clinton Lake, catching a dramatic sunset and the “ring of fire” solar eclipse Sunday evening. The eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges.


lucyjj 5 years, 10 months ago

Tom, this is a great photo. It must have been very exciting when you realized you were going to get this shot. Do you mind sharing your camera settings for this?

tao7 5 years, 10 months ago

Thanks! It was very exciting to see how the clouds were going to add to the eclipse. I had manual settings on aperture and shutter. Aperture was set anywhere from F22-29 and shutter was up around 2500-4000. White balance was set for sunny. No filters were used although a UV or polarizing filter would have been nice.

blindrabbit 5 years, 10 months ago

Spectacular photo; must submit to National Geo. for inclusion! Almost looks like a science fiction rendering!

lucyjj 5 years, 10 months ago

My wife calls it apocalyptic. I don't know, filters might have supressed the vivid contrasts. You got it right, I think.

verity 5 years, 10 months ago


My photos were a failure and now I feel even worse.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 10 months ago

Gorgeous, what a wonderful planet we live on. All those colors come from one source, the sun and everything the light hits reflects it differently.
By any chance will there be a print available? This would be lovely to hang on the wall.

tao7 5 years, 9 months ago

Thanks everyone! I can make prints available. I am getting ready to order some, probably sometime at the beginning of next week. My email is Let me know.

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