Photographing into the sun is very difficult as the sun’s brightness can overwhelm the camera’s sensor and cause the brightest parts of the image to be too bright. In the photography world we call it “blowing out the highlights”. In addition, it is challenging to balance this very bright light with the darker areas of the landscape. For this photograph I elected to let the upper-end of the highlights go in order to capture the valley details. I waited for the clouds to shield as much of the sun as possible before capturing the images. The bonus is that I was able to get the sun’s rays jetting out through the openings in the clouds. NOTE: always be very careful shooting into the sun as it can cause permanent eye damage.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens set on 27mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/11, shutter speed at 1/10th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability. This is a series of 7 images processed in Lightroom using the panorama merge feature then cropped and completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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