Shooting into the sun.

You hear this all the time. “Don’t shoot into the sun, take the sun over your shoulder”
Shove an icecream cone in the face of the person who tells you this. Or better yet, ignore and move on.
Although for general documentary photography purposes, shooting into the sun will cost you some shadow detail. While this may or may not be important to you, you indeed can shoot into the sun for an interesting photograph.
In this shot taken with an iphone camera, i made sure the sun was just outside of the frame for least amount of flare and ghosting(no pun). Flare is when a very strong light source starts bouncing around in the lens construction and cost you detail and contrast. Ghosting is very similar but strange shapes may appear in your image.

If your lens came with a plastic hood, use it often! If not, either go buy one or use your hand to block the direct rays of sunshine coming into your lens. Offourse multi coated expensive lenses do a far better job at fighting flares.

Now go out and catch the perfect light at 3:40 pm in northern hemisphere!

The Dead don’t get cold



One response

  1. Beautiful shot.

    January 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

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