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again just walking with only a phone!
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you have done well with a camera phone. but one thing i must say that you could have excluded the sun ball from the frame because the highlighted area of the image has lost detail. so if possible you could have used a different angle for this shot to exclude the sun ball. the inclusion of the tree is also not complete because some branches are outside the frame. actually you have taken this picture from a very close point and this problem would not have arisen if you had captured it form a distant place including the whole tree placing it at the left side of the frame so that the sun ball remains outside the frame.
Hope it helps,
Hello, Paula. Somnath has made some good points. Although it is not ideal to shoot into the sun, I like the way the strong light has thrown the tree into silhouette. I don't personally mind not having the whole of the tree in the frame because you have placed the trunk off centre and it looks good. A little lower viewpoint would have eliminated any of the ground so that the tree was the prominent subject against the sky. The trunk has a lovely shape, and it looks like you have the moon in the background as well. In my modification, I adjusted shadows/highlights in order to darken the tree silhouette, then gave the bright area a slight blue hue.
You had no chance with a camera phone - complete control of exposure is required for such images and the phone was not capable of a fast enough exposure - hence considerable over exposure.
As mentioned, it is VERY dangerous to view a full intensity sun directly. In your case, damage to the sensor is possible - with a true DSLR you can permanently damage your vision.
Somnath, Pamela and Paul, between you all, you've highlighted some valid points that I will keep in mind on my journey forward, obviously the sooner I find a night class to teach me the pro's and cons the better!
Thanks for taking the time to help its much appreciated
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