Michael Pick gives us a rather interesting brief this week… this time, take a photo of ourselves or someone else who would usually be in the foreground as the subjects of the murky background. I read Michael’s post on the train on the way home on Friday evening. At the same time I was continuously looking out the window at the developing sun-dog. I was on the phone to the GLW at home who was also trying to get a better view and a few shots off.
A few minutes later I spotted what appeared to be a sun-dog forming on the opposite side of the sun as well… and then, lo-and-behold, there was a halo of sorts forming. I hopped off the train and almost ran up the stairs to get onto the higher vantage point of the bridge. I took quite a few photos… changing the setting while I snapped away. To cut a long story very short… the results weren’t that great. I was rather deflated by the whole exercise.
So, what has that to do with this week’s challenge? Well, my twist is that the sun is always the star. It is one of the most spoken of objects in the universe… here in Ireland there is never enough sight of the fiery ball. Folk are often heard to be lamenting it’s absence or scarcity. How, just how, can one point a camera at such a star and make the machine move it into the background?
Then I had the luck of spotting someone’s photo on the IWO’s FB Page, click here to have a look-see. The solution? Try and get some form of obstruction in the way. Guess what? Yesterday we were again blessed with the chance seeing the halo forming. This time the floodlight post that always seems to be in the way when I’m taking photos at the cricket came in for a bit of appreciation. It acted as the almost perfect deflector. The sun does somehow seem to fade just a tad into the murky distance… enough to really show off the splendour of the halo… just enough!