Against the light
Cheap advice often given to photo
novices includes turning one's back to the sun whenever possible. But turning
one's back to that advice instead tends to produce better photos! The extreme
contrast such photos often have poses severe problems for scanning, but
such a slide projected on a screen can look very good!
The sun can often flare at the iris'
blades, giving as many "sunrays" as there are blades. This is often an
added element of creativity rather than a nuisance.
A "star filter" was used for this
picture. I made it by scratching a glass at 45 degrees angles. You can
also pay a lot of money for a ready-scratched glass...
Smoking the sun
The geysers of El Tatio are most active
around sunrise. The scratched glass was used here too. I had my scratched-glass-epoch.
Later I turned away from this effect.
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