David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Breaking The Rules – Shooting Into The Sun

Most of what you read or hear about shooting into the sun comes with a Warning – “Don’t do it.”  Pointing into the sun with a telephoto lens is like using a magnifying glass.  Remember burning ants as a kid?  It could damage your vision and your camera.  So just let me say – “Don’t do it.”

Ok, now that I have that out-of-the-way, I Did It.  Shooting at High Island Smith Oaks Rookery early in the morning can render some beautiful captures.  Right before the sun comes up I’m looking for possibilities.  The possibility of certain birds in good locations.  Preferably isolated with no other bird in the picture.  Once I have some possibilities I am scanning constantly, hoping one or more will spread their wing(s) so the light can filter through.  That’s where the beauty is, the golden light.  There isn’t much time before the perfect light will be gone.

For this shot there was good activity to the left of the picture but not directly into the sun.  I pre-focused and just waited for the light.  That’s when this great egret caught my attention as it came in for a landing.  The D4 quickly focused as I fired off several shots.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out until it was processed.  I hope you like it, I do.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/16.0, 1/800, ISO 1000, matrix meter


5 responses to “Breaking The Rules – Shooting Into The Sun

  1. lylekrahn April 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    That’s gorgeous. I’m not sure I’ve seen a shot like that.

  2. Doug Haass April 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I don’t like it David…I love it. Great job envisioning the shot and actually pulling it off.

    • dda53 April 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Doug for your comment. This was the morning when the temperature was in the mid 30’s and my fingers were froze. This picture warmed me up. 🙂

  3. Tim Timmis April 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Beautifu shot David. Good job in pulling out the details of the bird instead of having just a dark silhouette.

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