Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Embracing High Contrast Mid-Day Sun in Baalbek

I had the unique opportunity to visit one the best examples of Roman architecture in the world, the temples in Baalbek, Lebanon.  You can read about the temples here if you are interested.

Since the temples are open from 8am onwards, I was challenged by being forced to take pictures in the mid-day sun.  I decided to embrace the challenge by going for high contrast photos with sun bursts.  I used the 16-35mm f4.0 exclusively at f16 to create the starburst effect and then processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.  The starburst technique is created by setting  your camera to aperture priority, metering mode to average and setting an aperture of f16 or higher.  Starbursts are best when kept to the perimeter of the frame with a wide angle lens.

The pictures below contain some examples of this technique along with other images from Baalbek.  If you are ever in Lebanon, these ruins are a must see.  In my opinion, they rival Angkor Wat in Cambodia, if that is any reference for people out there.  Simply amazing.

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