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how do you photograph a sunset avoiding damage the eyes?
How do you photograph a sunset using an slr? using the LCD of a P&S is ok? Thanks in advance...

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Basically if the sunset it too bright to look at it's too bright to photograph. If you can 'comfortably' look at it with the naked eye, it should be fine to photograph. That said, I'm not a doctor so don't take my advise as meaning anything ..

Comment #1

Using the LCD is okay. If you have an SLR, I really wouldn't advise looking directly at the sun through it, although you can use the depth-of-field preview button to stop it down (to f22 or something), and then the image will be dark enough...

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IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

Basically if the sunset it too bright to look at it's too bright tophotograph. If you can 'comfortably' look at it with the naked eye,it should be fine to photograph. That said, I'm not a doctor so don'ttake my advise as meaning anything .

Definitely wrong..

While the UV rays are filtered more and more as the sun gets lower, you can NOT take pain as an indicator of UV damage to the eyes. The pain of bright lights comes from the iris muscles being strained and unable to "stop down" any farther, even though the retina is reporting too much VISIBLE light. The retina cannot feel UV at all, and will be painlessly but permanently damaged by UV radiation in a short amount of time..

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Comment #3

These examples are shot with Minolta 7D DSLR camera and various Minolta A mount lenses. Can be done with any other system too!.

Sunsets are different, sunset type of shots could be different too..

Good result could be done without filters or with Cirular Polarizing filter (CPL) only..

Minolta 7D DSLR, Minolta 70-210 f/4 + CPL filter..

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More difficult shots of sunsets are when you need to save elements on ground or water wile shoting into sun. Then various Neutral Density Graduated filters (reversed) + Cirular Polarizing filters must be used to deal with extreme contasts.MInolta 7D DSLR, Minolta 17-35mm f/2.8, CPL+2x+1X ND Grad filters.

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You can get sunset photo with telephoto lens.Minolta 7D DSLR, Minolta 100-300mm xi, CPL filter.

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Minolta 7D DSLR, Sigma 70-300mm DL no filters.

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With wide angle lens + 1 stop ND Grad + CPL filterMInolta 7D DSLR, Minolta 17-35mm f/2.8, CPL+2x+1X ND Grad filters.

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And 50mm fixed lens + CPL filter.

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Sometimes it's very weak..

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I've took the risk to shot into midday sun but with wide angle. Don't do it it's painful!!!!!.

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Thanks iMac.

Ed, if I understood, your answer is: never look. Yes, while unsure I wont use an optical viewfinder, thanks!.

Ed Halley wrote:.

IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

Basically if the sunset it too bright to look at it's too bright tophotograph. If you can 'comfortably' look at it with the naked eye,it should be fine to photograph. That said, I'm not a doctor so don'ttake my advise as meaning anything .

Definitely wrong..

While the UV rays are filtered more and more as the sun gets lower,you can NOT take pain as an indicator of UV damage to the eyes. Thepain of bright lights comes from the iris muscles being strained andunable to "stop down" any farther, even though the retina isreporting too much VISIBLE light. The retina cannot feel UV at all,and will be painlessly but permanently damaged by UV radiation in ashort amount of time..

[ e d @ h a l l e yc c ] http://www.halley.cc/pix/..

Comment #6

Thanks Nathan..

Quite nice photos Stan, 2nd 3rd and 7th are great..

Regarding your 2nd post, you did look to the midday sun? I'm sure I wont try that!!..

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