01-31-2019 05:30 PM - edited 02-03-2019 07:54 PM
"I will never use my professional camera to take a direct photo of the sun. Sunset and sunrise are beautiful, but may burn the sensor of your camera"
This was the sense - I am not able to reach the post - of a reply, in a post of beautiful sunsets, that a professional photographer gave to us, Local Guides posting photos over photos of sunsets and sunrises.
Reading the reply, a bell rang in my head, and I had a flashback of 30 years ago, when the video-cameras used the cathode tube. I can not count the amount of them that I had to replace, the tube burned by static lights, after hours and hours spent filming ballet lessons.
The message was clear in my mind: "if you take a picture of the sun, you take the risk to damage your camera". Clear and loud.
With this in mind, I almost ended to take pictures of the sun, trying to capture the essence of it. The feeling of a sunset, or a sunrise.
The light of the sunrise is quite difficult to manage, bright and sharp, if you want to take a picture of something, but is perfect if you want to give to someone the "feeling" of a sunrise. Strong, dark, long shadows.
The light of the sunset is difficult too, but is a bit softer, hot.
I tried several different ways:
Clouds: This is the easier way. Clouds are on the sky, where also the sun is. The clouds can be a screen, or a reflexion. Both are nice and interesting.
Beautiful, isn't it?
Reflexion, is an interesting way, if you are in a city, if you are surrounded by tall buildings. The light is coming down in the canyons of the roads, bouncing between the buildings. The top of the buildings still lighted by the sun, while you are in the shadow
Hiding the sun behind the subject, capturing the shape only, with a beautiful sky in the background
or, that is what I like more, just giving the feeling of a sunset
And you? Which one is your "feeling of the sun"?
Do you want to share it here?
Tagging @PoliMC for a feedback
I have made a small album, with some of my photos about "feeling the sun"