Date:April 8, 2020

The Photo That Took Ages To Be Shot, Was Worth The Wait – It Is Simply Stunning

Perfect timing is considered everything when it comes to capturing photography. In spite of us having the option to control a considerable number of the conditions for the perfect shot, the elements we can’t control are frequently the ones that give the shot its novel look, therefore prompting the expression “perfect timing”.

“Perfect timing” usually brings “perfect planning”, especially in professional photography. Without a doubt, we know that there is an accidental perfect shot, but many of the world’s best and perfect pictures are taken with a lot of care and planning on it.

For instance, Joshua Cripps‘s “Ring Of Fire” eclipse shot in the Dubai Desert, has been become famous online ever since it has been posted some weeks ago. According to Josh’s unique vision, it is a totally stupendous photograph that needs precise time in a particular location and specific climate conditions.

Joshua Cripps is a former engineer, he fell in love with photography 12 years ago and has been doing nature photoshoots since then.


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Joshua Cripps Joshua Cripps Joshua Crippsphoto of the solar eclipse in the Dubai Desert from Joshua recently is going viral. Joshua was going for a photography conference when he got a tip from a friend about an upcoming solar eclipse, that Joshua shouldn’t miss. “To be honest, it happened almost by chance. I was already planning a trip onboard the Nomad Cruise a conference at sea for digital nomads that started in Athens and ended in Dubai in early December 2019. A friend of mine runs the PhotoPills app that helps photographers plan shots and so he always knows when and where the next eclipses, meteor showers, Milky Way, and all that stuff will be, so he told me, ‘You know, there’s going to be an annular eclipse right near Dubai the day after Christmas.’ It was then I decided to stick around in the United Arab Emirates to photograph the eclipse.”

This is when everything started. There was a lot to do. “The distance and elevation were driven by two separate things. The 6.15-degree angle was dictated simply by the sun and moon position at the time of the eclipse. From where I was standing when the eclipse was at maximum totality, it would be 6.15 degrees into the sky the information I got from the PhotoPills app. For the shooting distance, that was dictated entirely by my vision of the shot. I knew I wanted the eclipse to encircle the man and the camel. A man and a camel standing next to each other are a little less than 3 meters across. So I needed the sun to appear to be about 3 meters wide in the photo.”



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Additionally, he stated: “I love shooting the full moon, and I try to do that every month using the same process: figure out something cool to put the moon behind and create a plan to pull it off. So I’ll be shooting that all year. There’s another annular solar eclipse in June which I’m thinking about, although the timing isn’t great for me for other reasons. And lastly, there’s a total solar eclipse in South America in December which I’m planning to shoot. But the idea I have for that one, well, that’s my little secret.”

The eclipse wasn’t the main thing he took photographs of, so here are some desert shots for you to appreciate…

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