365 Project – 164: Sun, nature’s Christmas tree topper ;) (June 14, 2013) #iphonography #picoftheday #sunnyportangeles #photography

yup, just sun, blue sky and a giant evergreen tree. it looked like a sparkly christmas tree topper to me! the last few days have been riddled with overcast skies and rain so around here, when the sun comes out, it’s a sight to behold. 😉

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365 Project – 330: Sunny Olympic Peninsula homecoming – iPhone (November 25, 2012)

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365 Project – 251: Good morning sun! (September 6, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/400, Aperture: F/16, ISO: 200

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365 Project – 206: The Seattle Great Wheel (July 24, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/1600, Aperture: F/13, ISO: 400

Nora and I on Seattle’s Great Wheel

Seattle’s new ferris wheel on the waterfront is open… Seattle’s Great Wheel!  I just took a photography class on sun flare and sun burst and was happy I caught these rays on Seattle’s newest ferris wheel! 🙂

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365 Project – 201: Lavender, bokeh and sun flare (July 19, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/3200, Aperture: F/1.4, ISO: 200

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365 Project – 108: Daisies and sun flare (April 17, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F/10, ISO: 100

One of my specific goals for this 365 Project is to get that dreamy, creamy effect called sun flare, straight out of the camera.   Because it is a relatively new technique for me, it still feels so counter-intuitive to point my lens directly into the sun, but,  I am loving this soft, almost impressionistic look of these pink daisies and baby ferns bathed in sun. 🙂

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365 Project – 33: Kanoodling cormorants (February 2, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F16, ISO: 320


The sun was out during my morning Olympic Discovery Trail walk and I obsessed over capturing some sun flare or sun burst in between these two cormorants. I was happy with this photo, straight out of the camera, where the sun seemed to be bursting out of the bottom cormorant’s heart, while the incoming cormorant looks like she (?) is coming in for a kiss. Can’t you see that? It was fun playing with different angles and setting the camera just right to sihlouette the cormorant sculpture and expose properly to get the blue sky and sun burst.

Focus and re-compose
To get this shot, I set my aperture as high as I could (F16), set my shutter speed at 50, then adjusted my ISO to exposure properly for the ground beneath the cormorants. Pointing towards the ground, I pressed my shutter button half-way down, moved the camera up to compose my shot with the sun in between the cormorants, THEN I took the shot. I had to do this a couple of times to get it right. To get sun flare or sun burst, you want to expose for the subject, not for the sun. If you try to focus on your subject while your lens is pointing towards the sun, your exposure will be for the sun, which could just completely wash out your entire photo. There are several tutorials on how to capture sun flare or sun burst. Most that are better at explaining it than I am. It’s a fun technique to play with you so, get out there and shoot into the sun! 🙂

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