May 22, 2012
Pia Wyer took this stunning eclipse photo in Payson: "Connie Agnes and I decided it would be fun to ride out to see the eclipse from horseback, so we went up on the Houston Loop Trail in Star Valley to take some photos. I was using a small Fuji point and shoot camera, with a zoom lens. In the beginning the sun was too bright. The images were blown out. So we decided to continue our ride. We were galloping along the trail and came up to the crest of a hill –– and there it was, right in front of us. The eclipse was already waning. It looked just like this to the naked eye. I just zoomed in on the treetops and snapped it."
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Solar eclipse inspires shot seen round the world
As an Associate Press photographer, Jeff Robbins spent his whole life chasing light — and doing whatever it took to end up standing in the right place at the right instant. But on Sunday, all the retired Payson photographer had to do to get a shot that has already flashed all around the world was to step outside and look up at an ominously smoky sky. Robbins spent 35 years shooting big stories in difficult places, but he’d never shot an eclipse. But he figured he might as well take a run at it, seeing as how the Internet insisted the eclipse would unfold right overhead at just about sunset.