“I’m gonna soak up the sun Gonna tell everyone To lighten upI’m gonna tell ’em that I’ve got no one to blame For every time I feel lame I’m looking upI’m gonna soak up the sun”~song by Sheryl Crow
I just get these lyrics with every fiber of my being.I need sunlight like I need air.
Perhaps living in a colder, wetter, climate than some amplifies my search of the light. I never take the sun for granted. It is a real need of mine. One that I feed through photography.
If the sun is shining, you can bet I will be pointing my lens to the sky, shooting straight into the light,capturing the magic that only sunlight can supply. Manifesting itself in beautiful images of rays, sunbursts, rainbows, and baths of warm light, also known as flares.I clearly remember capturing my first flare and I was hooked.
Whenever I am in need a rut breaker, that is my go to move. I go outside, aim at the sun and shoot! It simply feels good. I am so drawn to images of light and flares that i started the Flare Fridays group on flickr. A place where we can all celebrate the beauty of light magic. Many ask me tips on flares. There are SO many different types of flares I find it hard to give a simple answer. One tip I find useful is time of day. I find it easier in the early morning hours or evening hours, when the slant of light seems to produce such beautiful results. High noon can be tricky,but not unattainable. Don’t get frustrated, just keep on shooting and tilting your camera ever slightly to catch wonderful prisms with your lens.
I can’texplain why I love it so, but the images seem to warm me as much as the sun. They give me an instant boost of happiness.
Are you a sun worshipper too? Show us what you’ve got! Go on out and shoot up at the sky.What light magic have you captured lately?