I remember reading the manual for the Canon PowerShot S5 (and later for the Canon EOS Rebel T1i) and one of the things they say NOT to do was to point the camera directly at the sun.
Well, I couldn’t help it, I did it numerous times with the S5 and I certainly didn’t stop when I got the T1i, although doing it with the T1i hurts more since I am looking through the viewfinder and not using a LCD screen 🙂
One of the dangers of taking a photograph pointing into the sun is losing most of the correct colour in the scene, but since I was planning a BW with this one back in September of last year, I don’t think that consideration mattered too much.
This is the bandstand at the Kingston seawall, with the Pegasus Hotel seen behind it, and the sun behind them 🙂
14 thoughts on “Looking into the sun”
If I ever become dictator, I will dictate that all light poles and electricity wires be outlawed 🙂 Oh, and looking into the sun with the optical viewfinder is as bad as looking at the sun with your naked eye (yes, I know I do it all the time too).
They could at least place the lamps in aesthetically pleasing positions 🙂 and run the wires underground
Worse than naked eye, if you have a zoom lens fitted! But at least you tend to look into the sun later in the day, rather than pointing the camera straight up at the sun at midday!
Yes James 🙂 ahem, about that mid-day sun… I did that for a perihelion… twice. Once with the PowerShot S5, and then again with the SLR…
Not something to do too often 🙂
It is amazing how the light from the sun seem to hurt your eyes even looking at this picture. Good sho
Thanks A Rose, I hope it doesn’t dazzle you 🙂
Neat view, too bad the lamp post was there. Can you remove it?
Thanks Martina, I could either go chop it down and re-take the shot, or spend some time cloning it out 🙂
Lol, now there’s a picture waiting to happen…chopping down a lamp post that is! Nice shot.
Thanks David, well, this particular area is right outside the police barracks, so I won’t be trying it 🙂
I think lamppost plays it’s part in this composition – although aesthetically it doesn’t look good 😉
Thanks Sasi, I know what you mean 🙂
Gotta say, the rule about never pointing your camera at the sun is one rule I ignore with abandon!
JP, I’m not sure its a rule, but a camera manufacturer warning 🙂 but its still something to ignore and come away with interesting images 🙂