Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Making the Sun Huge

You can make the sun seem disproportionately large -- and therefore a powerful element in a composition -- by using a long lens. The longer the lens, the larger the sun will be. The semi-silhouette sunrise shot you see here was taken on a photo safari in Kenya last year. I used a 500mm lens plus a 1.4x teleconverter giving me an effective 700mm lens.

This complicates the exposure, though, especially when the sun is placed in or near the center of the frame. The meter isn't programmed to understand such a brilliant highlight. However, when you see the image in the LCD monitor on the back of the camera, it's an easy matter to adjust the exposure compensation feature plus or minus to tweak the exposure until you like what you see.

I'm leading a photo tour again to East Africa in June, 2010, this time to Tanzania. Contact me if this might interest you. There is no photography quite as exciting as an African safari.

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