PM Lee puts out Facebook call for solar eclipse photos, social media rises to the occasion

A selection of solar eclipse photos posted by users in response to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook call to share their efforts.
A selection of solar eclipse photos posted by users in response to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook call to share their efforts. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Given his penchant for producing wow-inducing photos, it was somewhat surprising that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong failed to capture Wednesday (March 9) morning's solar eclipse in all its glory.

Instead, Mr Lee posted a photo taken by one of his staff, sharing in a Facebook post that he had gone to the Singapore Botanic Gardens in the morning to catch it.

"Unfortunately, I didn't get a good shot... what about you? Please share your pics here," he wrote.

 

The response was overwhelming, with more than 400 comments posted in less than two hours.

Many shared their own snaps of the rare phenomenon, which included some truly impressive efforts.

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also shared two photos he took of the eclipse, while the Singapore Police Force's 36-second time-lapse video chalked up over 50,000 views in two hours.

Here's a selection of some of the best pictures shared by Facebook users on Mr Lee's post.


Facebook user Jeremy Chan's photo was taken at an unspecified location. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Akash Anandh shot this at the National University of Singapore with his Canon DSLR mounted on a telescope. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Kevin Hoo's impressive photo was taken from Bishan. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Charles Yang's sister shot this photo at Bedok Reservoir. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Tang Hao Ironhide used Photoshop to stitch together this photo, taken from his room window. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user AC Leong took this photo at Tampines Steet 21. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Purbaningrum Sasmita took this photo from Belitung island in Indonesia. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Meanwhile, others shared with PM Lee interesting takes on the solar eclipse, including some funny takes on the craze.


"Dear PM Lee, please enjoy my humble shot of the eclipse," wrote Facebook user Joseph Tay. It was indeed a sweet sight. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Lian Wei wrote: "Dear PM, sadly i did not catch the eclipse, but i managed to eat it this morning though... Available in different flavors too." PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Daryl Khong said: "Got this off my friend's FB. He should have got it on his forehead though." PHOTO: FACEBOOK


Facebook user Mindii Chua's pupils took this image with a pinhole camera. PHOTO: FACEBOOK