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Old Sep 4, 2006, 2:49 AM   #1
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Need some help here. I took a bunch of sunset shots with the kit lens, no filters, the best ones below, but many had the sun as a bright dot while the rest of the photo was very dark. Jpegs were no good, shot raw.I tried all 3 metering modes and going by the camera lcd display center weighted was best. I tried to lock meter near the sun, on the water, on the sand. My best results were metering on the sky above and then recompose. Also the sun is the shape of a hexagon and there is a strange halo in the sky in many of the shots. Any help or tips is appreciated.

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Old Sep 5, 2006, 1:03 AM   #2
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Here is one of the jpegs showing the "hexagon" sun. I would like a round sun with some nice colors in the sky and some shape in the foreground. Suggestions?

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i apologize as i cant help too much regarding the actual sun, but i've seen many say on this board that for nice sky photos, immediately after the sun sets is a prime time for them. you get the nice colors without the glare of the sun.

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jabilson007 schreef:
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Here is one of the jpegs showing the "hexagon" sun. I would like a round sun with some nice colors in the sky and some shape in the foreground. Suggestions?

Jon,



I think that the hexagon is formed by a allmost closed diafragm.

I also think that when you would open your diafragm manually to get more light in you will harm the ccd. The sun is very bright, therefore the diafragmis smalland make the surrounding look like it's dark.

I made a few with the sun upfront with a polarize filter on holliday, when I'm back in I will upload one.

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Great shots - try a little post processing to deepen the colours.

OK - it may not be exactly what you saw but that poetic license for you.
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jon, you are trying to shoot too much dynamic range. you'll get the sun or the forground but not both.. if you have PSCS2 then you could use it's 'merge to HDR' option. you'd probably need about 8 shots to use it.

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