But there was a partial solar eclipse visible here in southern California this past weekend so I tried to get a few photos of that. Fortunately, clouds were rolling in off the ocean in early evening (normal for this time of year) so I didn't need any eye protection. Still, I refrained from looking at the sun directly, and looked at the edge of the viewfinder while focusing on the sun.
It didn't turn out too badly:
Since I was using the spot meter the camera made silhouettes out of everything.
One method that was suggested to use to watch the eclipse was to use a white background and binoculars or a telescope to project the sun's image onto the background. I didn't have a white backdrop handy, so I had Gayle hold our binoculars and used Sadie as the backdrop: