Total Solar Eclipse – Madras, Oregon

People cried, people screamed, and it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. The light became eerie, shadows got extremely defined, the air got cold, and then this giant black eye surrounded by a white, wispy corona was there looking down from the sky. I'd read that witnessing a total eclipse can be life changing. I'd have to 100% agree.

Combination of 12 exposures ranging from 1/4000 to 1/2 sec. This looks very close to how totality actually appeared to the naked eye. The wispy corona tails with the hint of blue still visible in the sky made it all the more dramatic and spooky.
Just before the moon fully blocks the sun, little bits of light poke through the canyons and mountains on the moon's uneven surface. I captured some as well as a few prominences (arcs of gas) erupting on the sun's surface. Some of these prominences can loop hundreds of thousands of miles into space.
Diamond ring, moments before totality.
Combination of 12 exposures ranging from 1/2000 to 2 sec. When I included a 2-second exposure in the construction of the composite, you can actually see some details on the lunar surface. This is due to sunlight being reflected off the Earth's surface onto the moon, also known as earthshine. 
Just before totality hit, things got really weird. This eerie light blanketed everything--a light unlike anything I'd ever seen. The temperature also dropped about 15 degrees.