Aiming camera at the sun

Discussion in 'Photography' started by H.A.P, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. H.A.P

    H.A.P Guest

    I wanna know why shouldn't I aim the camera at the sun or other bright
    lights, cuz it may damage my eyes or my digital camera? if camera, so how
    can I take photos of sunset or the other same situations?

    thanks a lot
    H.A.P, Aug 7, 2004
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    Jim Guest

    Basically, if you can comfortably look at it with the naked eye, you
    can photograph it - and you can usually look at the sun around sunrise
    and sunset. When it's close to the horizon, there's more of a filter
    effect due to the atmosphere and the contaminants contained therein.
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    Blessed be, for sure...
    Jim, Aug 7, 2004
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    dadiOH Guest

    Take a magnifying glass and use it to focus the sun onto a piece of paper.
    See the paper begin to smoke and turn brown? Camera lens does the same
    thing. Difference is that the sun is only focused by the camera for a split
    second when photographing it....takes a while for things to heat up.


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  4. My rule is not to point my camera at anything that is so bright that I can't
    look atr it comfortably for a few seconds. You could damage the detector of
    a digicam, or he film, which is a less serious matter unless the film melts
    of catches fire. I've taken lots of fine sunset and sunrise photos with my
    digicam. It is easier when I can see the result on the little screen and
    adjust the exposure.
    Marvin Margoshes, Aug 7, 2004
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    eric Guest


    The light of sun is enought dangerous to burn everything inside the
    camera (Digital or not, including your eyes, it's like a close up on a fire
    camp, but really really close, enought to burn your skin to), on sunrise or
    sunset, you shouldn't have any problem, you don't have enough light to burn
    something (the sun is Orange, red or near yellow), but if the sun is a bit
    higher in the sky (yellow near white), you need special filter, near the
    horizon, a dark polarized filter. If the sun is too bright (bright white),
    you need special sun filter, you can got Baader Astrosolar sheet for around
    25 $US (8 1/2 x 11), you need this kind of filter to see Cold Spot, but with
    this kind of filter, you can see only the sun, this kind of filter is
    perfect for planet transition in front of sun (Venus or Mercury), special
    cold spot, or to safely see any eclipse. If you want see spectacular flame,
    you need H-alpha filter (for the cheap price of minimum 600 $US for a really
    small filter).

    But for only a sunset, or sunrise... something between 1/30 and 1/125 for
    shutter speed should be good. Enough to see details in the dark area, and
    see the sun or his reflection. If you need a dark horizon, shutter speed
    must be between 1/125 and 1/500, you'll get only the light of sun, and
    chinease shadow for 'background'.

    But, put a special looking when you got a sunrise or sunset, you can got a
    Sun Pillar (a big column of light, under, over, or both, of the sun), you
    can got a special light difraction effect, like, the sun cut in row, or see
    the sun, with a inverse part or sun under or over, also in realy rare
    occasion, a green flash. Halo is also something you can see, but you can
    see this kind of effect when the sun is higher in the sky. So you need fast
    shutter speed, 1/2000, or faster, maybe with dark polarized filter, a tips
    to take a picture of this kind of effect, you try to put the sun behind a
    tower, building, bell-tower, water-tower, roof, etc, anything of this kind,
    to create a mask for the sun, and you can safely take a picture of the halo.

    I hope that help you a little bit!
    eric, Aug 7, 2004
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    Agent X Guest

    Some of my best pictures have been taken pointing at the sun either with my
    digital video or digital still camera.

    In the olden days it would damage TV cameras when they still used tubes but
    I have never known it to damage a CCD yet, unless of course you are talking
    of using something like an extreme telephoto that might concievably do some

    Agent X, Aug 7, 2004
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    Agent X Guest

    I have never had a problem, with any sort of camera, albeit I am not stupid
    enough to use an optical viewfinder and a long lense to look at the sun, but
    for a 50mm lens no problem ever.

    Agent X, Aug 7, 2004
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