Solar eclipse photo with scenery
Trying to get a good view of last week’s partial solar eclipse (couldn’t get to Canada for the full show) has me thinking about trying to photograph the 2023 annular and 2024 total solar eclipses. Using the solar filters I got from Thousand Oaks Optical, the only thing I could observe was the sun. I could see where clouds obscured the sun but I couldn’t see the clouds at all. That makes sense given how much attenuation these filters have. But I also have seen some photos showing a partial or annular eclipsed sun with clouds or other scenery. Here’s a link to one example, about half way down the page. Last week I could get some unfiltered photos when the sun was at the horizon, but that won't be the case in 2023 or 2024.
So, I am wondering how to achieve a similar result. Is this a composite with parts of the sun masked out? Or was it taken with an ND filter instead of the solar filter and then highlights pulled down? I’m thinking it’s likely a composite with the sun as the top layer and then a masking layer applied where the cloud is. Then maybe a color layer applied to the scene to fit in with the sun. My photoshop skills are pretty minimal so I’m kind of grasping here. But I do have over two years to practice. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.