I grabbed an old welder's mask filter and held it in front of my 42x optical zoom camera. It's still a bit blurry, but the filter wasn't really meant for a camera, not to mention it turns everything green. I had my shutter speed set to 1/2000th of a second. It was still too bright to pick up on the nuances of the surface of the sun.
|Venus passing in front of the Sun|
I did manage to grab a photo of the "supermoon" as it came up over the hill, about a month back.
I wish the stupid sun hadn't set before I caught the solar eclipse. I would have been 3/3 in terms of photographic astronomical phenomenon this year.