Multiple Exposure Photo of a Solar Eclipse on Film

We had a fun time watching the August 2017 partial total eclipse in Seattle, WA from our rooftop!  I stupidly didn’t do any research or get the proper gear to photograph it on film, but I improvised with using the solar eclipse glasses to safely photograph it.  I recommend you purchase a solar filter instead and make sure it is the correct size and kind for your camera lens.  I figured since I didn’t have all the correct gear I would attempt to take a multiple exposure photo of the solar eclipse on film and see if it would turn out.

The Seattle area was at 90% totality so it was still quite bright.  I used my old Canon EOS-3 and a Canon 70-200mm L lens.  I used Kodak Professional Portra 400 35mm film.  I rated it at 400.  I shot the eclipse with glasses on and I also shot THROUGH a pair of safety glasses.  I used the in-camera spot meter and underexposed one stop for the multiple exposure photos.  One was a double exposure, and the last photo was 5 exposures!!  When pointed up at the eclipse, my camera settings were 1/2000 at f22.

*Please know if you attempt this you HAVE to use eye protection AND protect your gear.  Lens shutters and camera sensors (if shooting digital) CAN get ruined by these bright eclipses, NOT TO MENTION YOUR EYES.  You can go blind!

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