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Former Lawrence County resident’s photos featured by National Geographic

Tyler Branch, a former resident of Lawrence County who resides in Canada, didn’t plan to take pictures of the recent supermoon, but things turned out differently than he had planned.

“I was on my way home from work and saw it getting cloudy, so I wasn’t going to attempt a shot (of the moon) at first,” said Branch, who attended Dawson-Bryant High School and got involved in photography during his senior year.

The clouds went away and Branch decided to take the chance to get some pictures of the supermoon.

“The sky had cleared up in the west just enough for us to see the moon up here in Sarnia, Ontario,” said Branch.

Branch shot photos of the moon during phases of the eclipse and composited them together as one photograph.

“The final composition is actually made up of 14 different photos taken every three minutes and (it) took 39 minutes to get all the shots,” said Branch.

The pictures Branch got of the super moon were selected by National Geographic to be featured on their website.

“I was proud of my rendition of how I saw the super moon eclipse, so I wanted to share it,” said Branch, who has also had other works featured on the National Geographic website.

Only 10 super moon photos submitted to National Geographic were selected to be featured on the website.

“It was a pleasant surprise to see (my photo) included with the other selections,” said Branch. “It feels good to know that a photography editor at Nat Geo thought highly of my photo enough to include it amongst just 10 others from around the world.”