YESTERDAY, FOR a short while, the country got dark, and everyone looked to the sky. It was the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It was the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1978.
Most of us quickly learned that it was nearly impossible to take a good picture of it. For one thing, it’s incredibly bad for your eyes to look directly at the sun, so it was hard to even get the sun in the frame. For another, the sun is really, really bright, and cameras don’t do well with that much brightness. So most people consoled themselves with grainy photos of the totality, or with pictures of the projections the eclipse made through pinholes.