“Don’t shoot into the sun!” is a usual refrain in photography articles and books. Typically, that is good advice. Photogs have to contend with sun flares and everything not the sun being underexposed.
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Well, sun flares (those circles of brightness that appear in your photos) are not always bad. I tend see a higher proportion of sun flares in fashion magazine spreads. Heck, you can even create flares in Photoshop easily. And underexposure can be corrected by either flash, using the compensation feature on your camera, or shooting with the sun just off camera (as was done here).
This photograph initially started with a wider angle with two lines of barbed wire fencing at the bottom, and a typical aspect ratio. Yet what catches my eye is the area at the horizon on the left with the shaded hills and powerlines. In my attempt to leave as much as possible in the photo, I cannot get myself to crop to just that part of the scene, at least not yet.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 102mm, f/11, 1/60 sec
Folsom (CA), Foothills, Power Lines, Monochrome. Folsom, California. October 03, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.