Breaking the rules of photography
When I was about ten I was given my first camera, a Kodak Brownie. And my father, himself quite a keen photographer, taught me a few of the basic rules of photography. One of the most important of these was, you must always have the sun behind you when you shoot. Sorry, Dad, but that’s just not true!
I’ve learned since that the rules of photography are there to be broken; you can often get a more interesting image by shooting into the light. Obviously pointing your lens directly at a bright sun is never a good idea. But when it is partly shaded by cloud or mist, and when it is very low in the sky, that’s the time to forget that ‘rule’ and turn your face to the sun.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, entitled ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’, I want to share some images shot directly into the sun, to celebrate our nearest star and the constant light it shines on us – every day, even during a pandemic.
I’ll start with a couple from the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The photo at the top of this page was also taken there. The skies are immense and every sunrise and sunset was stunning, and unique!
Then let’s follow the sun from rising to sunset, around the world:
Just look what you get when you break the rules! So turn your camera, and your eyes, to the sun, because the one certainty in this uncertain world is that it will come out tomorrow.
[OK I know it’s November right now in the Northern Hemisphere so we may not actually see it, but it will be there!]
Thank you to Ana for proposing this interesting Lens-Artist challenge!