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#1 punkrockrobot

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 10:49 AM

Hello everyone

I have a quick question. I need to shoot the sun, (in the context of its a hot day, and the sun is beating down on main character) How would one go about shooting the sun. I'm using the Bolex with kodak 7266 tri-x reversal film and shooting asa 160. I have ND3 ND6 and ND9 filters I can use if that would help


Thank you for your time :D
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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:47 PM

Just be careful framing up the shot. The last thing you want to do is magnify the sun through the viewfinder and straight onto your retina. Try framing with a very high f-stop, then set your exposure after you take your eye away from the finder.

As for exposure, the easiest thing to do is to bracket. You'll get a good variety of lens/iris flares to work with that way. There's really no such thing as a "wrong" exposure of the sun, except maybe where it just blows out the whole frame (when shooting on a long lens). Start with a "normal" daylight exposure as a base, and bracket from there.

And of course with filters you'll get filter reflections, but sometimes those can look cool. Zoom lenses give cool internal flares as well.
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