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Sprague Alum

(Photo by Andrew Studer)

It’s been one year since Salem photographer Andrew Studer captured one of the iconic images from last year’s total solar eclipse.

The picture of rock climber Tommy Smith standing atop Smith Rock State Park’s famous Monkey Face rock at the moment of totality swept the Internet and social media in the days following last summer’s event.

“A lot of work went into it, and I still remember the goosebumps when the shot we’d visualized actually happened,” said Studer, a 2013 graduate of Sprague High School. “It’s very rare that everything comes together like that.”

Studer, already a well-known photographer and videographer, said the eclipse shot gave a “big boost” to his work and that he’s sold a few hundred prints of the image.

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  • Created By Carter McQuigg -- 3/13/2017
  • Edited By Jay Conley -- 9/24/2018

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