Photographer and Stunt Biker Capture Epic Photo of Solar Eclipse

By Maddie Stone on at

Last week's total solar eclipse spawned many amazing photographs and videos, including this shot of stunt biker Danny MacAskill tearing down a hill on the Isle of Skye as the moon eclipsed the sun. Unlike another viral photo of the eclipse, this one's not a fake.

It was taken by photographer Rutger Pauw, known for taking epic shots that capture BMX racers and other athletes in action. According to PetaPixel:

The shoot happened in MacAskill's homeland, the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Pauw spent days with his team searching for the perfect spot in the island's beautiful landscape. The weather in the location is known to be unpredictable, so there was no guarantee that the eclipse would be visible to the camera while it was happening.

When the short window of opportunity finally arrived, the team only had several minutes to try and capture the shot they envisioned. Pauw and MacAskill were separated by nearly 1,000 feet, so they had to communicate with each other using walkie talkies.

For lighting, Pauw dug a hole near the jump site and stuck a powerful flash in it.

And here's a behind-the-scene look at how Pauw and MacAskill found the spot and managed to capture one of the most creative photos of the recent eclipse:

[PetaPixel]

Top image via YouTube via Rutger Pauw