First, let’s review what the weekly photo challenge was about…
The Challenge: Sun
“We’ve done sunset before, but what about when the sun, in its full glory, is the feature of your photo?
If you take the challenge literally, you will have run into the following problems. Shooting in direct sunlight can lead to images that have high contrast, blown out highlights, dark shadows with no detail, lens flare and colors look overly saturated. If you’re shooting portraits they can also lead to the ‘squint factor’. In many of the images I have seen, if you attempt to include the full sun, these are the issues that pop-up. Other’s have not used the full sun and have come up with some creative alternatives to the weekly challenge.
Golden Hour: Most photographers will tell you early morning and evening light works best and is often called the “golden hour.” The sun is lower to the horizon and is further away from than at midday. Therefore it has to travel through more atmospheres, which diffuses and softens the light. The other plus for shooting at this time is you get very nice warm colors across your subject.
Shoot Silhouettes: In simple terms, one solution for shooting mid-day with full sun, make your subject into a Silhouette against a bright background. The basic strategy you’ll need to employ in taking these type of shots is to place your subject (the shape you want to be blacked out) in front of some source of light and set your cameras exposure based upon the brightest part of your picture (the background) and not the subject of your image.
Shoot Backlite: The key is exposing for your flower. Manual mode is going to really help you out here. Simi-transparent flower works best. Place your flower in front of your light source, here I used full sun light. My settings with my Nikon D300, using a Tamron 90mm macro lens, in manual mode: Shutter speed = 1/2000, f/11.
I really didn’t meet the challenge, because I didn’t feature the full sun in my image. So, I shot something that used the full sun and would produce a pleasant image.