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I wanted to start by saying that this image really does catch the viewers attention and presents some very strong subject matter than i...

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A wonderfully stunning scene. And now a critique based on the four categories dA deems necessary for a rating. Vision: 4.5 stars. I thi...

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This is a very interesting shot with a lot of really wonderful texture scattered everywhere. To rate based on the categories... Vision:...

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I often find myself shooting landscapes at dusk or just before as the sun is setting. This is probably my favorite time of day, as I love the light created by the setting sun.

I often find myself shooting directly into the sun. And for the life of me, I just am not sure how to do it properly. I often see these pictures with the sun in beautiful stark contrast to the rest of the scene. Yet, usually when I shoot into the sun, I wind up with a big blob of overexposed area, even when bracketing. And the times I am able to retain some definition in the sun, the rest of my image is horribly underexposed.

I know this is a tough anyways as the dynamic range between the actual sun and the rest of the scene is WAY higher than what our cameras can capture, but I have seen so many wonderful shots there that I just have not quite figured out how to replicate.

So, I ask you find people, how do you do it? What do you do when you find yourself shooting into the sun? Are there specific camera settings that help retain that definition while not losing out on detail for the rest of the scene? Is it just a matter of capturing the sun right before it sets so its not as bright? Or are there certain specific atmospheric conditions that make this possible that I am just missing?


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I am a 27 year old living in Maryland. Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years. I enjoy mostly travel and landscape photography, but I dabble in paid event photography as well.

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llamaquellama Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  New member
EverBloom15 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student General Artist
EXCELLENT photography!
MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Roses-and-Butterfly by KmyGraphic
Simple Sun by uguardian
Welcome to BrightandCheerful!
debahi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
+1 for all the comments you receive and thank you for accepting my invitation to :iconhobbypics: !
osagelady Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Matt, your photography is absolutely breathtaking :heart:
SkyberrySymphony Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You've taken some of the best sunset shots I've seen! Incredible!
Mashuto Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much!
s-kmp Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
:w00t: Welcome, it's great that you've joined us at :iconraw-nature: :)
I hope you really enjoy being part of this group; you can submit three images per day but not to the 'Featured' folder.
We celebrate Nature in the Raw so please try to avoid the inclusion of Man Made Objects in your submissions.
Please feel free to ask if there is anything you're not quite sure of :)

We look forward to seeing some of your great work, being submitted, in the near future :)
danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   General Artist
great gallery mate!
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