|On A Brighter Day - Tehachapi, California|
Yet, including the sun in your urban exploration photographs can yield dramatic results. Some of my favorite photographs have the sun included in the frame.
One trick that I like to use is to partially block the sun with an element in the frame, reducing the brightness of the scene. This lowers the dynamic range of the scene slightly.
|Keep Out The Sun - Tehachapi, California|
Balancing clipped highlights with black shadows can be tricky. Each scene will be different and will have to be judged uniquely. If you are not sure, simply bracket the exposure and decide later which exposure is most appropriate. A little fill flash can go a long ways toward illuminated dark shadows.
In this post you will find examples of my images that include the sun. Some of these have been published. I used several different cameras, such as a Sigma DP2 Merrill, a Nikon D3300, and a Nokia Lumia 1020. It doesn't matter which photographs were captured with which camera because gear isn't important, vision is.
|Sunrise Through Old Window Shade - Rosamond, California|
|Sunset Through The Broken Glass - Victorville, California|
|Better Days Behind - Tehachapi, California|
|Light Through The Rafters - Mojave, California|
|Hope Through Brokenness - Mojave, California|
|Sun Disc - Rosamond, California|
|A Light In The Dark - Tehachapi, California|