Thursday, August 20, 2009

against the sun


why is that they always tell you not to take pictures against the sun? i've been defying that every chance i get for awhile now and i have say that i totally disagree with it. i've had a lot of fun trying it and some good results. sometimes, with photography, you just have to experiment and break the rules. and sometimes, you just have to find a peaceful bench and unwind in the late afternoon sun.


you gotta check out the little honda rebel 450 my sister has for sale on eBay, not because i think you should get a motorcycle, tho' you are welcome to do that, but because of the very cool J.Peterman-esque way she wrote the description for it. she's so cool. she's also selling her flowbee and you gotta read the description of that one too. i sure wish she'd blog with me a little more often. that girl is funny.

15 comments:

Char said...

I think that saying came out of the school of portraits and anti-solar flares. I too have embraced the unperfect and slightly flawed.

Off now to read.

Char said...

Now I want a flowbee and a motorcycle...and I don't even like motorcycles.

Maria-Thérèse said...

oh yes, against the sun!

I've been battling with another one of the things you're supposed to do lately - you know how photographers are supposed to say natural light is the best? I say bah humbug. For taking product photos it's really, really difficult. I'm starting to think I'm cursed when it comes to taking photos of the books I create. I don't have good studio lights atm so I have to use natural light and it changes every freaking second, making the photos blue, yellow, magenta, green...... Gah! The white balance never seemed to be this much of an issue with analogue photography btw.

Maria-Thérèse said...

explanation of the cursed part:

My taking product photos seems to actually control the weather. It either becomes super dark or a very sharp sun suddenly appears on an otherwise grey sky.

Molly said...

I've also been doing this recently and generally loving the results. I embrace the occassional solar flare!

AquaSass said...

I have a really funny sister too:) We have a silent bond where EVERYTHING is funny when we are together. And I just think she is so clever! I want to put her in my pocket and have her always.

And water pictures are just breathtaking arent they?!

Bill Stankus said...

Since you have an iPhone with GPS the Photo Police will locate you and then pay you a visit for shooting into the sun. Have your excuses ready.

You'll need that motorcycle for a fast getaway.

N said...

I used to have great moments experimenting with my reflex using filters, coloured and greasy glass to take photos facing the sun, and it didnt stop there, then I would develop slide film with the same process of negative, you know digital is much more freedom and economy, but photography lost some of its charm with it, and the worse is how lazy I have become to use film. I had promised myself that I would find a way to make use of one of my Kodak Brownies to experiment trying to adapt them to use 35mm film. Is digital really a natural progression, or photography made simple?

Bluebird said...

awsome pictures and your sister's ebay description is priceless.

one planet said...

good morning JUloshka . i am mack on the blogside our trip to amerika was great .. well at the moment i do spent my last holidays in my caravan ... i would like and take part in your blogcamp . i ll check it out if i havent to work .. when it fits can i come and where is it ..love andrea

Bee said...

I was such a sucker for J. Peterman descriptions. I bought several pieces of clothing -- including the most beautiful sleeveless, white linen dress -- on the strength of the vision it conjured up for me.

Your picture really does catch the sparkle of the sun's rays . . . a persuasive vision for breaking the rules!

paris parfait said...

The photos are gorgeous - especially the first one - and yes, rule-breaking is encouraged in photography! And isn't it great having a sister w/ a sense of humor??!!

kristina said...

I almost always shoot against the sun - much more fun :-)
And your first photo certainly proves any "no shooting against the sun" person wrong!

SE'LAH... said...

woman, you are making me hungry ;) I am so baking something decadent today. lol.

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