Congratulations to Wayne Sheridan for being chosen as the Grand Prize Winner in the St Louis Post Dispatch Eclipse Photo Contest.  Link to StlPD article

Wayne’s image was chosen as the Best of the Best out of 900 images. Carolyn Schleuter alerted me to Wayne’s win and I sent him an email asking if I could post his image on the blog. He graciously said yes. I also asked him about where he took the image and equipment and settings. Here is his reply.

Hi Bill, sure. I went to my moms house in Millstadt, Il. Because in St Charles we weren’t quite in the totality path. I made a filter from a thin ND sheet i bought on eBay and superglued it onto an old UV filter. I was really not expecting too much just wanted to enjoy it with wife and mom. I mounted the filter on my 40-150mm Olympus Zoom with a 1.4 extender and tried to capture the diamond ring. I used the old trick of stopping down the f stop to f22 to increase diffraction artifacts and got a real nice star effect. Lucky! It was a wonderful experience just observing the eclipse. Hope all is well with you and yours!


Wayne, who refers to himself as a ‘persistent photographer’  has shown himself to be quite ingenious developing the improvised filter as well as a talented photographer.

Join me in congratulating Wayne on his well deserved award.

(used with Wayne’s permission)

Well Looky Looky

Normally, this blog is to promote Molly’s photography but every once in awhile, I accomplish something worth tooting a horn about.

I recently had an image that was used as the cover for a regional hunting magazine. The magazine is published by Scott Gordon and is a labor of love that promotes the people that love duck hunting. Scott and I both have a love for the stories written by Gordon MacQuarrie, Labrador Retrievers and wild windy mornings in a duck blind with friends.

You can read more about Take’ Em magazine here:

Take’em Face Book Link/ and here Take’Em Website

Photo by Carolyn Schlueter (taken with an IPhone while visiting New Haven)