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Your Image – Handling Back-Lit Landscapes in Camera (preview)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk

©Kelly Funk Gear/Settings: Nikon D3S, 16-35mm f/4 lens, ƒ18@8 sec., ISO 100

©Kelly Funk
Gear/Settings: Nikon D3S, 16-35mm f/4 lens, ƒ18@8 sec., ISO 100

There are distinctly different approaches and visionary angles when seeing a dynamic landscape image at sunrise or sunset. The approaches are more stylistic and personal in nature, while the angles are more precise. How precise? About 180 degrees, give or take. By this I mean, do we approach the scene waiting for the sun to gently touch and caress the opposing angle from the sun, whether it be sunrise or sunset? Or do we see some magnificent colours shooting into the light source that we’d like to tackle? That’s a lot of questions already, as you’ve probably noted. Well, there’s no right or wrong answer, so why not shoot both? In this column though I’m going to talk about handling the challenges of shooting towards our light source while still maintaining the best possible exposure to avoid having just a great sky and dark foreground, or alternatively, a blown-out sky and properly exposed foreground …


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