I fell in love with shooting into the sun many, many years ago. Like, before I had ever even heard of digital photography. Some of you might remember those days. I recall the element of sun-shiny surprise to be intoxicating. No matter what event I was shooting I always fired off a couple of frames, lens pointed toward the sun. Whether I shot straight into it or just allowed the light to skim across my lens was no matter. It felt good t throw caution to the wind just to see what would come from it.
In those days, there were no test shots and nothing to double check to be sure you were getting the results you were hoping for. It was all good intentions and a lot of finger crossing. Fast forward to now, when you can experiment with any photographic technique with immediate feedback. I am even more invested in trial and error than ever before. Why not? There is nothing to loose. Not even developing costs.
I have been really focused on flare lately. It’s become an obsession. Where to put it, how to get the flare and the sunspots to work together, how to manipulate the shape of the flare itself. These are all questions that can’t be perfectly answered as using the light as a creative paintbrush will always yield somewhat inconsistent results. However, there are ways of getting a least a little more control of this illusive subject.
I hold closely the invaluable information that Sarah has shared here with us on flare and what Kristin shared too. It’s always nice when someone who has taken good notes, can shed a little light on things for us. Pun definitely intended.
Regardless of what we know or don’t know about flare, how long we’ve been working on it or how early we still are on our hunt to harness it, sometimes the photographic planets do align and we get a shot where the light shines exactly where it should. Insert heavenly voices singing together here.
Share with us that shot. The one where the light falls into place even better than if someone set it there themselves.
The beautiful belly above belongs to Superhero Andrea Scher.