Filming the sun with the Arri Alexa
Posted 01 December 2011 - 03:38 PM
I'm shooting a feature on the Alexa in Toronto (stunning camera, love it!) and we have to shoot some direct inserts of the sun in the upcoming days. On film, of course, this wouldn't be a problem, but this is the first time I'll shoot the sun so directly with a CMOS camera. We're planning on piling on the ND's and stopping way down, but anyone know if there's any danger of frying the sensor even when stopped down as such?
Thanks for any help!
Posted 15 January 2012 - 11:54 PM
So it's another plus point for the amazing Alexa. Now if they can only get a much better electronic viewfinder going, one that you can actually judge focus and exposure on, then the camera will be pretty close to perfection in my books.
The Alexa is, for my money, the best digital camera out there just the same.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:01 AM
I've had still go haywire electronically doing just SMALL sun-in-the-frame shots, and on one of the Apollo missions, they have practically no stills of the landing (not 13 :-p) because one of the astronauts pointed the Hasselblad at the sun and similarly fried its metering system. I am fortunate, thusfar, in never killing a camera with this technique :-D
Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:40 AM
Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:05 AM
we've just shot solar eclipse with Alexa XT Plus and the camera is just fine