When photographer Derek DiLuzio realized his backyard trails were within the path of totality, he knew he needed to shoot this rare event.
Weeks ago, while planning for yesterday's total solar eclipse, I had a thought: What if I found a mountain biker bold enough to ride on the edge of a cliff to capture him right in front of the eclipse? Immediately, my friend and pro downhiller Neko Mulally—who's currently sidelined from the pro tour with a wrist injury—came to mind. I promised him there would be no technical lines, just a smooth rock face: forgiving on his wrist and an unforgettable experience.
After scouting various locations in the mountains of western North Carolina, we settled on Slate Rock in Pisgah National Forest, for a wider, other-worldly image of the eclipse. Neko, his girlfriend, Callie, and I hauled about 100 pounds of camera and lighting gear to the rock face Monday morning. During the hours leading up to the eclipse, we dialed in the line, rigged the lighting and generally did our best to be 100 percent prepared for the moment of totality.
The photos below tell the story of the truly unique experience of our hunt for the perfect shot.