Inquiring Photographer: Solar Eclipse Hype?

This week we asked readers if they witnessed last week’s partial solar eclipse and if the hype of the event lived up to their expectations.

I watched it, but I really didn’t know what to expect. It was a cool experience since it was my first eclipse and I didn’t have the special glasses, but I did catch a glimpse of it. I just wish I was more prepared because I would have had a better experience.
Emily Mensah


The eclipse was actually pretty cool. I saw it for less than 30 seconds because I didn’t want to lose my vision. I saw the moon cover the sun. I used a regular pair of sunglasses just to see it, but it was too bright. I was afraid, so I just took a quick look and my eyes started to hurt, so I looked away. I will be ready for the next one in 2024.
Christopher Morillo


I watched it on TV, I have the video. I did try and look at it with my phone and my glasses. It looked pretty cool. I saw the moon and the sun coming together and you can just see a ray of light coming from the sun. I got so excited, I can’t wait for the next one in 2024.
Jake Justin
Van Cortlandt Park South


I missed the eclipse, I didn’t even get to see it. I was coming off the subway and everyone had pictures of it. I didn’t have my glasses, I didn’t even know the eclipse was coming. Later I caught the great video they had on the evening news.
Sandra Holmes



Yes, I saw it and it really didn’t live up to my expectations. I mean, it was cool, but it looked like the moon, except it was more red. I think that if I had been in a better location to see the total eclipse, where it got dark and you could see the stars, then it would have been a lot more spectacular.
Elijah Axt
Washington Heights


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