posted on Mar, 21 2010 @ 07:09 PM
Originally posted by Chadwickus
I wonder why??
Dear Chadwickus my good friend, I'm sure you know it's against the T&C to post false information.
I know darn well you don't wonder why and neither do I. Just kidding about the T&C I guess that only counts for facts, not opinions.
It's because the pros know the difference between lens flares and sun dogs and real objects, unlike the people here saying "It's not a lens flare!
It's not a sun dog!"
I have to say to all my fellow ATS members taking pictures of the sun or even thinking about it, you can do temporary or even permanent damage to your
eyes (and less importantly, possibly your camera too) if you don't know what you're doing, so please don't look into the sun until you have
researched what you need to do to safely take pictures of the sun.
When photographing the sun, take every effort to protect your eyes and your camera!
It’s vital when photographing the sun not to stare at it too long through the lens. You can damage your eyes as well as your camera.
-Flare: watch out for lens flare (don’t shoot directly into the sun) and keep your lens surface and lens filters clean.
If you don't think shooting directly into the sun will produce lens flare, then you need to research what causes lens flare.
This guy found a way to photograph the sun without getting lens flares:
I've taken pictures of the sun by projecting an image from a right-angle spotting scope onto a piece of paper. I took a picture of the image
projected on the paper. I've taken images of eclipses, Mercury transits, and sun spots using this technique. Pin-hole projection cameras also work.
You can also buy solar filters from astronomy stores which allows you to safely photograph and view the sun.
If you don't want to use the method he mentions of projecting the image onto a piece of paper, to eliminate the lens flares, get one of the solar
filters he's talking about, they won't eliminate lens flares, but they might make them less objectionable and give you better results.
I'm not recommending either of those sites, I have no affiliation with them, do your own search for a source and maybe you'll get a better deal,
I'm just giving you some examples of what you need to look for to do what you're trying to do, take pictures of the sun.