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miniman101 Sep 4, 2007 5:10 PM

So I go out, and talk nice pictures with my D50, and they turn out great. When I take pictures of the sun, I get the right exposure and aperature and all, but this still happens. Why?? If it can be prevented, please tell me how.

Thanks, Josh

TCav Sep 4, 2007 5:56 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You've captured an eclipse of Saturn! :cool:

I actually think this is flare. That is, light is reflecting around inside your lens.

When you take a photo that includes the Sun (and especially when the photo contains the Sun and a reflection of the Sun!) the light is going to do some funny and unpredictablethings.

Mark1616 Sep 4, 2007 6:45 PM

Probably right with flare, or possibly it is the sun being so bright that the neighboring pixels are getting activated, personally I would not be shooting the sun like this as you are probably damaging the sensor.

miniman101 Sep 5, 2007 10:04 PM

Well thanks for the input. It happens whenever I take a picture of the sun, reflection or not. Unless I turn the exposure way down of coarse. Well thanks.

TCav Sep 6, 2007 7:15 AM

miniman101 wrote:

It happens whenever I take a picture of the sun ...
Mark1616 wrote:

...personally I would not be shooting the sun like this as you are probably damaging the sensor.
Maybe you should stop taking pictures of the sun.

John at the Beach Sep 6, 2007 10:18 AM

Hey Josh....
I am going to add my 2 cents worth here...What your seeing may very well be what has been mentioned so far...But......Have you tried a different lens???...I ask this because once in a while I shoot the sun in situations for effect and I dont get this "flare" looking problem you get......Long shot guess here, glass has a grain to it like wood, steel, etc...It could possibly be the glass in the lens is set in a way that you get severe flare reflection when shooting direct sunlight due to the grain of the lenses...
Try a different lens....:O

spy Sep 7, 2007 12:25 AM

I would do 3 things.
1. Turn ISO down as low as possible.
2. Adjust your exposure lower and readjust levels later.
3. Close up your fstop to 14 or more.

That should do it.

Mark1616 Sep 7, 2007 5:14 PM

Hey Kevin, good to see you posting.... missed having you around for the past month, been doing anything interesting??

Josh, do take care of your sensor as it could be very expensive if you get it wrong and we would not want that.

miniman101 Sep 12, 2007 11:58 AM

Well thanks everyone. I do have two lenses, and it happens on both, but like you said, not all the time. But thanks.

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