Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun


I usually don’t capture the photo challenge so quickly once it’s announced, but yesterday was a beautiful sunny day at work. When I got back to Intermountain Medical Center from a lunch meeting, I figured the sun and building would make a great composition, so I set up the shot.

However, I know that photographing the sun can cause havoc on proper lighting in a photo, so I figured I would go for the HDR setup again. I leaned up against my car so the camera would be still enough to grab three identical images, then processed it using Photomatix Essentials. I was really pleased with the outcome.

042012 Sun at IMC - HDR

Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | 1/640 | f/14 | ISO 100 | HDR
Exposure Compensation -2 | 1/1250 | f/20
Exposure Compensation +2 | 1/320 | f/10

Is it bad for a camera sensor to be exposed to directly to the sun? I’ve seen many photos of the sun, but if it can ruin a camera sensor by doing it, I think I’ll avoid it in the future. I know that astronauts on the moon had to be careful, because pointing their camera at the sun from the moon, or even space, could fry a sensor. But, I guess there is no atmosphere on the moon, so…

~signed, Carltonaut

8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

  1. It’s definitely something that shouldn’y be done often. A testament to the continued robustness of analogue photography. The makers of digital cameras still have their work cut out for them on this.

    • I’m not sure the validity of that myth – I’ve never tested it or asked a professional, but I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to be a little careful when photographing the sun. 🙂

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