Welding, bright gas flames, furnacesl. My eyes and sensor health?

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Welding, bright gas flames, furnacesl. My eyes and sensor health?
Jul 4, 2008

I’m sure someone has asked this question before, but I’m fresh from a few days of shooting, and have been bothered by a nagging question all through my shoots. So here goes. I have had access to a large car and metals recycling operation with permission to roam around and shoot, as I like. During the shoots I have taken a number of pictures of very bright lights from different sources. They include arc welding, gas metal cutting, gas welding, and open intense fire and heat from blast furnaces. I have worried about my eyes first, and also my camera, especially the sensor. I have avoided direct gazing at the light source with my eye to the viewfinder and then worried about damage to my gear. Ultraviolet light is an obvious consideration. I’ve gotten some strong shots and haven’t worried enough to stop myself from working, but what the real story and cautions for us clueless but, dangerous, dumb, and daring types? I'm really not so clueless as to fix a stare at the light source but any suggestions would be welcome. Here are a few shots that I like but at “what cost?”

Here’s a few examples:

Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/mashuga/waste_not
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