Monday, January 9, 2012

Staring at the Sun

Today I was feeling a bit under the weather due to a nasty cold. I confined myself to bed today but boredom got the best of me and I decided to do a little shooting on the Eyrie.

I went up at 5 PM and started to set up my camera in preparation for the sun set. What I completely forgot was the longstanding rule that you should never ever make your camera 'stare at the sun'.

I mistakenly made my camera focus on the sun which is a very bad thing since it can fry your camera sensors. I always thought that this only applied to a photographer taking photos when the sun is strongest at 10 AM to 4 PM. I thought that taking pictures of the sun rise and sun set were generally OK.

But, after a little research, I found out that I was wrong. You should never point your camera directly at the sun AT ANY TIME. Your lens can act as a magnifier and increase the light and harmful UV rays that enter your camera. It can then proceed to cook your sensors. Also, if you're using the 'Live View' option on your camera, it will double the chances of damage. (Sadly, I was using live view)

Upon reading this, I scrambled to find if my camera's sensors were fried. Luckily, they weren't. If my camera's sensors were broken, they would either display an 'Error' message when shooting or some spots would appear on the image. Thankfully, Ned (my camera) had none of the symptoms.

One way of reducing the risk that your camera is by having a high density UV filter, making your aperture as small as possible or just simply keeping your camera facing away from the sun.

At least I was able to learn a valuable lesson today. Anyway, here are some pictures of the sun set.

1 comment:

bugsy2 said...

Quite good. But you should see the sunsets we have here in Negros Occidental. :)