"Through a glass darkly..." / by Solomon Klein

Like a lot of photographers in the continental U.S., this Summer, I became the proud owner of a Solar Filter. 

Yeah. 

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…

 Goose on the Deschutes, Bend, OR (ISO 100, f/8, 176.0s)

Goose on the Deschutes, Bend, OR (ISO 100, f/8, 176.0s)

 Under the bridge, Bend, OR (ISO 200, f/11, 294.0s)

Under the bridge, Bend, OR (ISO 200, f/11, 294.0s)

 The Pattison, Olympia, Washington (ISO 100, f/11, 608.0s)

The Pattison, Olympia, Washington (ISO 100, f/11, 608.0s)

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?