I made this image during the closing second of the total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017. At top right is a flare or solar prominence, leaping thousands of miles into space from the surface of the sun, which is hidden behind the moon. Top left are two Baily's Beads, where the sun's photosphere, which is about 2000 times brighter than the prominence, is shining through two valleys on the surface of the moon. The position at which Baily's Beads appear depends on the exact location from which the eclipse is observed. Had I been located a few miles south on the centreline of the eclipse, Baily's Beads would overlapped with the prominence, spoiling the interest and balance of the image.
F/5.6, 1/8,000th second, ISO 400
Accepted: Olympic (Greece) 2017 - Apollo