Friday, October 4, 2013

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Shooting Into the Sun

What to do when the sun is still high enough to wash out colors and to cast harsh shadows and, when I'm not very patient at waiting until the sun sets so I can take some 'golden hour' shots at the beach?  Well, I found a composition I liked where the tidal waters had receded to form a leading 'S' curve line to the sea stacks that were silhouetted in front of the sun.  I had a polarizer on my lens and set my camera to -2 stops exposure to compensate for the harsh light.  In post processing I cropped half of the sun out to bring attention to the interesting rays and sun flare and then boosted the colors that were washed out in the original image.  (Another case of 'making do' and 'rethinking possibilities' as I talked about in the last post.)

8 comments:

Sandra said...

this one get First Prize in make do competition. gorgeous.

Robin Lamb said...

Karen, stunning shot!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It works! Cropping out the sun really made it. Am enjoying your tips. Now if only I could remember them.

Mersad said...

Cool. Looks very abstract now, like an alien planet!

Montanagirl said...

This is a SPLENDID shot, and wonderful editing! You get my vote for firs place!! lol

Silvina Soave said...

Precioso lugar, maravillosa la fotografĂ­a!!!
Abrazos.

Madge Bloom said...

You did it! This is awesome...

Rick said...

Yes, quite often we have to shoot under the conditions given us and can't wait for that perfect light. Excellent what you made out of this - looks like sci-fi.