|Sunset is the time at which the sun disappears below the horizon
in the west. Sunset is often more brightly coloured than
sunrise, with shades of red and orange more vibrant. The
atmosphere responds to exposure to the sun in a number of ways
during daylight hours. In particular, there tends to be more
dust in the lower atmosphere at the end of the day than at the
Sunsets can provide some spectacular images, although
these are very popular and so not at all out of the ordinary.
Generally speaking, taking a photograph at sunset is fairly safe
with regard to the eyes, but taking pictures of the bright sun
needs considerable care. On no account should you look at the
sun through the camera lens without using a filter as you can
damage the camera and - more importantly - your eyesight. Hoya
produce a neutral density filter (NDx400), which it considers
will allow a minimum amount of time to just compose the shot,
providing you then look away to take it. Viewing the sun for
example during an eclipse requires totally different and much
stronger filtration. You often see people using flash when
taking photographs of sunset scenes or other landscapes. A flash
is of no use whatsoever in these cases as the flash to subject
distance is far too great. The only answer is to switch off the
flash mode, put the camera on a tripod and if you don't have a
cable release, use the self-timer mode.
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