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?