For the second time in seven-years, a total solar eclipse recently swept the United States and Lou Brutus was on hand to photograph the spectacle. Dubbed The Great North American Eclipse as it crossed from Mexico into the USA and then finally up into Canada, it was the last total eclipse in the lower forty-eight states until 2044.

After months of planning, LB flew into Columbus, Ohio the morning of the eclipse. He had chosen a spot just north of the city in Lewis Center, Ohio to set up his equipment. The location was picked as it got him far enough into the Path of Totality to see a total eclipse of one-minute and fifty-seven seconds, but not too far away from the airport as he needed to be on a flight back shortly after totality ended. The plan came off without a hitch and Lou was on-the-air according to schedule that night.

In the run up to the event, a number of news outlets used Lou’s eclipse photographs from 2017 in new articles including Yahoo Entertainment here.

There are three major eclipse events on the way in the coming years including Spain 2026, Egypt 2027, and Australia 2028. Lou his hoping to catch at least one of those. As he said shortly following totality in Ohio, “You have got to see a total solar eclipse at least once in your life. It will fill you with shock, awe, and a sense of wonder. It’s kinda like a Slipknot concert in that respect.”


The Great American Eclipse passed from coast to coast on Monday August 21st and photos taken in the Path of Totality by LB have gone viral worldwide.

As a longtime nerd and astronomy buff, LB loves celestial events like eclipses, meteor showers and planetary alignments. He’s also dabbled in astrophotography, recently traveling to Idaho’s pristine night skies to shoot the Milky Way.

Braving what were expected to be dicey weather conditions, he flew to Charleston, SC and then traveled to Saluda, SC on the morning of the eclipse. Setting up in a local cemetery, Lou was blessed with clear blue skies by the height of the event. While he would have been happy with normal eclipse pictures, LB captured something extraordinary. During totality, a small plane photobombed the sun and moon, actually eclipsing the eclipse. Out of the millions of pictures taken during the eclipse, a rare few featuring aircraft, this is the only photo series to occur during totality.

Soon after the eclipse, LB’s photos were picked up by both Getty Images and the Associated Press. News services and publications around the world then began featuring the shots after that including National Geographic, BBC Science Focus, Zaikei News of Japan, AOL, Global Times of Beijing, Huffington Post Korea, aeroTelegraph of Germany, iHeart Media and many others. Please feel free to make us aware of any other usage.