Like a lot of photographers in the continental U.S., this Summer, I became the proud owner of a Solar Filter.
So, there was this eclipse thing this past August 21. It was pretty cool, to put it lightly. In actuality, it was 110% pure awesome sauce. Like totally, even.
But yeah. Now what to do with a not-so-cheap Solar Filter?
Turns out, these things are basically insane Neutral Density filters. Something on the order of 20 stops of negative exposure.
So what if…
I have some more work to do. For one, this filter lacks the anti-reflective coating you’d normally have on a filter. I might hack up a hood of some kind and see if that helps. The filter I’m using currently adds a very strong orange-cast to the image, so I’ve converted these to Black and White. With enough effort, I could possibly get a nice-ish color image, but that would require more effort, and I’m lazy, so… yeah.
But hey, this is fun. If you still have access to a Solar Filter give it a try. Maybe you’ll learn something, and that would be nice, wouldn’t it?