So many things had to go right for this photo of Danny MacAskill riding into the solar eclipse.

So many things had to go right for this photo of Danny MacAskill riding into the solar eclipse. Photo by Rutger Pauw/Red Bull Content Pool courtesy of Red Bull

The odds were stacked heavily against photographer Rutger Pauw for getting the image they wanted, one showing mountain bike stunt rider Danny MacAskill jumping down a rock with the solar eclipse behind him.

So many things had to go right last Friday morning during the biggest solar eclipse Britain has experienced in 16 years, and amazingly, they did, resulting in the incredible image you see at the top.

"Oh my goodness, I can't believe it came out," was MacAskill's reaction when Pauw showed him the image at the end of this Red Bull video detailing how the photo was captured:

"I'm happy whatever happens," MacAskill had told Gavin Haynes of Red Bull before the shoot. "I think everybody knew roughly how risky this was when they got into it; that's part of it."

The team spent days setting up the shoot in the same location on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, where MacAskill's award-winning video "The Ridge" was shot.

Haynes detailed the challenges:

1. The weather: A cloudy morning didn't hold much promise that this was going to happen.

2. The eclipse: The team had about a minute or two to make it happen.

3. Because of the location, MacAskill and Pauw were more than 980 feet apart, as Pauw was forced to use a long lens, so they could communicate only via radio.

4. Since Pauw would be shooting into the sun, MacAskill would be backlit, meaning he'd be but a dark shadow unless there was a flash. So they dug a hole in which to place a huge flash gun.

Haynes wrote, "It only had enough juice in one burst to take one shot. In other words, I can't just put it on rapid-fire mode like most photographers do nowadays."

5. The sun being very high at 9:45 a.m. meant the only place the shot could work was high on the side of a small mountain, meaning MacAskill was facing technical challenges to get the trick right and not take a tumble.

It worked like magic.

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