This summer all of America obsessed over the solar eclipse. I had wanted to travel to experience the totality of the eclipse because southern California was only going to get a view of partial coverage. I had just become a new father so traveling was out of the picture so I tried to plan for a unique shot nonetheless. I was inspired by a photographer who took an amazing silhouette of a skier backlit during an eclipse. I was after the same type of image and contacted my friend at Red Bull to see what we might be able to pull off. The eclipse was going to happen mid morning which meant the sun would be really high in the sky and not that easy to line up any action sports unless the vantage from the photographer to the subject was just right. We decided the best way to achieve this was with a sky diver!
When the day finally came we set up during a beautiful hot and clear morning. A whole plane of sky divers took off and we waited in anticipation for them to drop. While waiting I got to practice shooting a plane that just happen to cross the sun, I was able to only catch the tail end of it. Getting sky divers was going to be vary difficult. Once the sky divers started to get into view my friend spotted them and gave me a heads up as they got close. We was literally just shooting in the dark. I needed to wait for their shadow to cross over me and just keep my finger on the shutter and hope for the best. I got a lot of close calls and a few shots of parachutes in different corners of the frame. I didn't know what I got until all the sky divers had landed and I could review the footage. My heart exploded when I saw the one shot that had the sky diver in just the right position. I was relieved and excited we pulled it off!