Shooting into the sun

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  1. padrepaul77

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    I was out on the State Fair grounds with an Olympus E-620, and had on a standard UV Hoya filter. I could have taken it off I guess; it is in an introductory kit of lenses but not multi-coated. I was quite happy with all of my shots and have no complaints, but I was wondering if this usually occurs when you shoot directly into the setting sun?

    Note in one the sun is a bit blurry; the other it looks good save for the ring around it, the solar flares. Any suggestions?

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    well, its never really easy to shoot into the sun, but, a lens hood will help SOME.. but if your shooting directly into the sun, like you are in these shots, you should meter for the sun, and then use a fill flash to light your subjects.. otherwise, its not going to look that great
     
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    Unless, you want a silhouette shot then don't use flash.
     
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    Shooting into the sun requires a few steps for best results. First, ditch any filters--their flat surfaces can cause problems. Lens fronts are rounded,and that helps when shooting toward the sun, Make sure the lens front and rear elements are both spotlessly clean--even a slight film or haze can cause problems.

    Also, when you shoot toward the sun, it helps a LOT to use a low-contrast tone curve,and shoot in RAW capture mode. You can use fill-flash, but that changes the mood quite a bit.

    I think these could have the shadows "lifted" in post a bit more. There's nothing quite as fun as a State Fair. I like the way you've used the rides as background subjects.
     
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    Using a lens hood in your particular shots would not help at all, neither would it have hindered. However, I always have the hood attached.

    #1 - Very good silhouette

    #2 - meh. I'm guessing a wide open aperture to bring in the ambient. Problem is the sun looks sick...... not sick as in good.

    #3 - could use a dose of fill flash.

    Keep at it. Just my 2¢ anyway.
     
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    Thanks. Yeah, I like 1 the best...bascially in sun shots, I don't want people illuminated; I like silhouettes. The Olympus flas FL-36 is en route, so not having used much of a flash ever other than the standard ones on board I'll have to see what happens.
     

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