I’ve been talking a lot about light lately. Why not? We all know it’s the prime component in photography. It’s the thing that makes a photograph a photograph. It doesn’t matter whether you make digital files, shoot film or even make some kind of photogram. Without light, there is no picture.
This is what happens when I walk outside, carrying a camera and happen to look at the spring flowers as the sun is starting to set. This is also what happens when you break on of the biggest photo rules around. They say, “Never shoot directly into the sun.” I ask why not?
Yeah, sure. Your highlight will be blown out into the unrecoverable specular range. But, if you close the aperture enough you’ll get starbursts and other weird effects as the light bounces around the lens.
That’s what happened to this picture.
One little suggestion. It’s probably a better idea to use your camera’s LCD rather than trying to use the viewfinder, especially if it is some kind of electronic viewfinder. They “see” very brightly. You can guess the rest.