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#1 justinbrown

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:31 AM

Just wondering how i would go about shooting a shot of the sun?

Will be shooting on the Arri SR2, using 7201.

Any specific lenses that would avoid flare?

And if my operator would have to use some sort of goggle or would i frame using the video assist?

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 09:09 AM

Never look at the sun through the eye piece. Place many upon many ND's in the lens and then adjust framing with your split.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 09:33 AM

While shooting film I have had success shooting the sun at sunset by taking an incident meter reading with the dome pointed towards the sun as a base exposure and then stopping down from there if I felt there was the need. It is also a good way that I use to shoot silouhettes against the sun. An ND or two wouldn't hurt if you did not want to shoot with the lens stopped down all the way.

Since the sun will be in frame there is not much one can do about flares, however newer lenses with better anti halation coatings will have less flare than older lenses with older or degraded coatings.

Perhaps people with more video camera experience than I have other advice.

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#4 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 10:10 AM

Just wondering how i would go about shooting a shot of the sun?

Will be shooting on the Arri SR2, using 7201.

Any specific lenses that would avoid flare?

And if my operator would have to use some sort of goggle or would i frame using the video assist?

Many thanks

Justin Brown



Is the shot at dawn? Midday? Sunset?

Really, regardless of what time of day you shoot it, the exposure you choose depends greatly upon how much you want to see everything else that is in the foreground.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 05:37 PM

It will be Midday sun.

Central in frame, Anyone know of a lens that will not flare?

It will be Midday sun.

Central in frame, Anyone know of a lens that will not flare?
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#6 Michael Nash

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 06:27 PM

If it's just an insert of the sun, then experiment. Bracket your exposures, use different lenses, even roll your iris if you want.

Zoom lenses have more elements to create internal flares or reflections. And the more filters you have, the more reflections you'll get.
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#7 chuck colburn

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 06:31 PM

Check out solar filters, like what are used on telescopes.
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#8 Chris Keth

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:43 PM

Never look at the sun through the eye piece.


Definitely. Did you ever burn ants with a glass when you were little? Think of putting your eyeball in place of the ant! :blink:
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#9 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:54 PM

I think it would almost look a little unreal to point the camera into the sun with no flare or halation...

Obviously starting with the best, modern prime lens like a Zeiss Master Prime would help.
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#10 Nick Mulder

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:28 AM

Even the solar filters dont tend to stop the UV rays that destoy your retina - so if it appears ok to look at through an ND... it aint ... Ok for your film though, just be careful not to burn a hole through into the paint on the pressure pad B)
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#11 Lisa Davidson

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 01:39 AM

It will be Midday sun.

Central in frame, Anyone know of a lens that will not flare?

It will be Midday sun.

Central in frame, Anyone know of a lens that will not flare?

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There's an Ansel Adams photo that has the full sun's disc right in the front center spot, and it has reversed to be gray. (I guess that's where "solarized" came from?)

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