Posted on October 17, 2005
Posted by John Scalzi
Normally I don’t suggest pointing one’s camera at the sun. But in this case the resulting picture was worth it.
Mmmm… lens flare.
Lensflares are way overrated. Just ask anyone who played 3d games back in the age of 3dfx.
Oh, I really like that one.
Hmm, I’m wondering if there are any damage to the camera for exposing it directly to sunlight?
Doubtful, but I wouldn’t recommend looking through the viewfinder to take the picture…
WOW!!!!! That is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-!!!!!!! Keep them coming!!!
Artificial Lensflare is repulsively over-used.
Natural lensflare is typically avoided in professional photography since it obstructs view of the actually desired target.
But as a purely observed phenomenon, it’s not bad looking.
I think for short periods of time it’s OK, but you don’t want to over do it. I tried taking pictures of an eclipse once, and left the camera mounted on a tripod pointed at the sun for an extended period of time. The light meter in the camera was ruined, which I didn’t discover until getting back the next set of pictures I took. That was a film camera, but I doubt the sensors in a digital camera would appreciate being treated like that either.
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