An Epic Solar Eclipse

April 8 offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience — and three local photographers captured it in very different ways.

Three Lake Erie Photographers — Rebecca Nieminen, Brad Wood and Gabe Leidy showcase their talents as they reveal the majestic aura of this once-in-a-lifetime lakefront event in Ohio and Ontario.

Rebecca Nieminen of Northeast Ohio found this angel statue in an old, secluded cemetery in Ashtabula County, Ohio. “I was astounded by the strange lighting that preceded and followed totality,” she says. “All of it sent a shiver up my spine, and I felt as if I were living in a world where time stood still and miracles could occur.”

While much of the region was surprised by sunshine, Ontario had to battle clouds. The silver lining was this moody image of the eclipse over the Port Colborne Lighthouse by Brad Wood. “The cloud cover allowed the image to be taken with a graduated neutral-density filter that allowed enough light through to capture the lighthouse,” he says.

Gabe Leidy was one of a handful of photographers who experienced totality at Cleveland’s Terminal Tower. He composed this photo by capturing the phases of the sun moving through the shot. “What you see here are eight phases of the total eclipse, exactly where they happened in the sky from my vantage,” he says.