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Sverker HahnThe sun in the picture?
by on Sep 2, 2008 at 7:22:12 pm

During which conditions is it possible to have the sun in the picture without damageing the camera? During sunrise and sunset I suppose it is OK, but what about when the sun is higher up in the sky and therefore is much brighter? Is the duration of sun in the picture important? Or are the chips completly uneffected by the sun?

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Steve WargoRe: The sun in the picture?
by on Sep 3, 2008 at 12:47:14 am

Filter it with a .9 ND and make it short.

The chips are better than ever before but they can only take so much.



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Stephen MayRe: The sun in the picture?
by on Sep 3, 2008 at 1:42:57 am

Sverker,

Are you planning to shoot pointing straight up into the sky? I shoot up at about 10,000 feet or two miles high up at a ski resort, and the sun is bright and strong, but I;m not shooting straight up, except for follow shots of a skier or snowboarder coming off of a big table, or lip, or what have you. The EX1 handles those moments really well. It doesn't hurt to employ a good picture profile, and of course, ND2 on the Fujinon lens.

Can you describe your shoot?

-s

Stephen May
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David JonesRe: The sun in the picture?
by on Sep 3, 2008 at 3:11:56 am

As I understand it, you risk melting the imaging block if you leave the camera pointed at the sun for very long. As Steve said, just keep it short :o)

BTW: short in my opinion, is less than a minute. If you're wanting to shoot an eclipse, you can use exposed x-ray film or (I think) mylar.


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Sverker HahnRe: The sun in the picture?
by on Sep 3, 2008 at 6:18:53 pm

E.g. a landscape with wide angle, aiming in the direction of the sun. If the sun is behind clouds I know there will be no problems, even behind quite thin clouds. But when the sky is clear?

So, I am not thinking of any extreme "sun-footage". But since I normally take scenes with 10 to 20 minutes duration, if the sun is there there might be problems. Furthermore, I sometimes use a teletracker for keeping the same speed in panos as the sunĀ“s speed across the sky ...

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Stephen MayRe: The sun in the picture?
by on Sep 4, 2008 at 4:14:01 am

Thank you for explaining. Honestly, I am not sure if damage could occur in your situation. There's a person at Sony Repair in LA that I trust. I'll write to him and ask his opinion. -s

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Steve WargoRe: The sun in the picture?
by on Sep 4, 2008 at 6:51:42 am

[Sverker Hahn] "I normally take scenes with 10 to 20 minutes"

Get an ND grad for the sky portion

Steve Wargo
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