Touching the Sun

Shooting into the sun is a risky strategy. However, as Ian Plant says, this contre-jour technique can be extremely rewarding as it can produce powerful and compelling images that bear your own trademark

It almost goes without saying that the sun is vital to landscape photography. Obviously, light from the sun is critical to most earthly photography, and of course, sunlight is the ultimate source of almost all energy on earth, powering our rechargeable lithium-ion camera batteries. But the sun is important in a much more immediate sense as well: shooting into the sun is a dramatic strategy for making powerful and compelling photographs.

Contre-jour (a French term which means against daylight) lighting occurs when you point your camera directly toward a source of light. This effect usually causes the subject to be…

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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