It all started with a photography request: A large sunset with a square crop.
If you know nothing else about my shooting style, know that very few of my photographs are shot directly into the sun. Lens flare, an impossibly large dynamic range, difficulty in metering, and nearly turning everything in the foreground into a silhouette are some of the issues I would rather not contend with. The dynamic range can be tempered using HDR, but the results tend to look a bit unnatural.
In the span of almost 3 weeks over the course of 8 separate outings, I had narrowed down over 200 snapshots into 4 final candidates to fulfill the request. The photograph above and a similar one below did not make the final cut, but since I spent some time to prep these photographs, I might as well share them here. Clearly the reasons to not shoot directly into the sun and using the sun as a center element are valid. These are marginal photographs at best.
(Click through the image for the 700px view)
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 92mm & 145mm, f/22, 1/25 and 1/13 sec
Rancho Seco, Sunset Rays, Pond. Rancho Seco, California. April 14, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.