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    Default How do i take the sun?

    Hi Guys,

    How do i take the sunset? Everytime, the photos turns out not nice and either over exposed or the buildings became black. Eg:





    How do i acheive the effect like there's a glow on the round sun instead of these?

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Default Re: How do i take the sun?

    Use a grad ND filter to compensate for the exposure of the sky =)

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    why you are getting such results

    1) your buildings are a lot darker than the sky,do you not agree
    2) the sensor's dynamic range (i.e. the range of light it can capture) is limited, do you not agree
    3) therefore, if you expose for the buildings, as you have done, the sky will be overexposed
    4) you need a graduated neutral density filter OR hdr technique to capture all the details

    if you do not know what either of these are
    google is your best friend, learning to learn is just as important as learning itself
    cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    why you are getting such results

    1) your buildings are a lot darker than the sky,do you not agree
    2) the sensor's dynamic range (i.e. the range of light it can capture) is limited, do you not agree
    3) therefore, if you expose for the buildings, as you have done, the sky will be overexposed
    4) you need a graduated neutral density filter OR hdr technique to capture all the details

    if you do not know what either of these are
    google is your best friend, learning to learn is just as important as learning itself
    cheers!

    would u prefer a ND filter or the HDR technique?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit View Post
    would u prefer a ND filter or the HDR technique?
    it depends, actually

    if the sun is still up, as in the 2 photos posted, i think you would find yourself using hdr
    unless you wish to stack more than one gnd filer, which would be quite painful
    might also actually lead to quite visible degradation
    for me i use the 10-20, so hrm, quite unlikely i can stack, will have vignetting

    but once the sun has dropped to about horizon level
    or already just gone
    then can use gnd, depending on how bright your foreground is

    most of these days i find myself just shooting raw with gnd on, and then hdr from single raw
    unless i think really not good enough, then i just take the jpg + blend approach

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    Default Re: How do i take the sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    why you are getting such results

    1) your buildings are a lot darker than the sky,do you not agree
    2) the sensor's dynamic range (i.e. the range of light it can capture) is limited, do you not agree
    3) therefore, if you expose for the buildings, as you have done, the sky will be overexposed
    4) you need a graduated neutral density filter OR hdr technique to capture all the details

    if you do not know what either of these are
    google is your best friend, learning to learn is just as important as learning itself
    cheers!
    GREAT tips! Last simple question! How much is a ND Filter now? For 55mm. Rough price

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkai21 View Post
    GREAT tips! Last simple question! How much is a ND Filter now? For 55mm. Rough price
    not nd filter

    GND
    graduated
    neutral density filter

    would not advise you to get screw in one
    best to get cokin from cathay photo (check ortega's thread in "others" section for pricing, roughly)
    or tianya from ppcp, here

    those are slide in filters with holders
    much more versatile
    for screw in gnd your horizon/graduation is fixed, cannot adjust as and when you like, quite du lan to use

    if your budget is higher than mine, seeing how i am a poor student, you may consider more expensive ranges like lee or singh-ray, i think, but not sure where to get those

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    Default Re: How do i take the sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    not nd filter

    GND
    graduated
    neutral density filter

    would not advise you to get screw in one
    best to get cokin from cathay photo (check ortega's thread in "others" section for pricing, roughly)
    or tianya from ppcp, here

    those are slide in filters with holders
    much more versatile
    for screw in gnd your horizon/graduation is fixed, cannot adjust as and when you like, quite du lan to use

    if your budget is higher than mine, seeing how i am a poor student, you may consider more expensive ranges like lee or singh-ray, i think, but not sure where to get those

    Thanks. You meant these http://www.perfectpixelcameraparts.c...d&productId=84 ?

    Dont seem to have my lens' size of 55mm

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    Default Re: How do i take the sun?

    Quote Originally Posted by junkai21 View Post
    Thanks. You meant these http://www.perfectpixelcameraparts.c...d&productId=84 ?

    Dont seem to have my lens' size of 55mm
    lol

    then might want to try cokin, i guess

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    Default Re: How do i take the sun?

    Thanks for your wonderful tips!

    Check out some of my shots: http://clubsnap.com/forums/showthrea...76#post3378476

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