Today there was a much publicized solar eclipse. Because the moon was at the close part of it’s approach and appears slightly larger than the sun, this was a longer than usual eclipse. The area of Kyushu (Southern Japan) where I live didn’t get a full eclipse, but we got about 90%.
It was cloudy, but the clouds broke up until past midway through the eclipse giving me plenty of time to enjoy it and take photos. The clouds actually augmented my photos. I used a piece of 120 Neopan 400 film fully exposed to light in the room, then developed so that it turned black as a viewing filter for observing the eclipse. The silver of B&W film blocks the harmful UV rays. BE AWARE HOWEVER that cromagenic B&W film (the kind that the local mini-lab can process in their color developer system) won’t protect you if you tried to use it to look at the sun!
The eclipse began at around 9:40am. These two photos were taken though my home-made filter.
The sun was an extremely clean, sharp, crescent when photographed without any filters. I used spot metering with manual adjustments and a very high shutter speed and aperture to take these photos.