Photographing the perfect Sun Halo

July 9, 2015

 

One of the most beautiful wasy to see a sun set is to try and get a Sun Halo around the Sun as you take an image.  One point that you need to take note while that in photographing a halo, you’ll need to focus on the sky rather than the nearby object, or else the halo will be blurred. You can do this by pointing the camera at the open sky and engaging the autofocus (although I mainly use manul focus for my shots) if you’re in automatic mode–usually, a green box will appear when the shutter is half-pressed. Then, while keeping the shutter half-pressed, you should return to your initial framing with the nearby object in view, and press the shutter fully to complete the shot) It’s a good idea to move the camera around a bit to find the place with the least glare before you shoot. Although it’s good to try both, I find that wider-field shots often work better than close-ups–for one thing, if you want to capture the entire solar halo, it may be necessary to go as wide as you can.

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Water Droplets are one of the most Fun and Frustrating kinds of photography that you can take.  I have over years tried so many different ways to try and get good droplets images and have failed more times than I care to remember.  The one bit of advice I can give is to research watch as many videos on YouTube or other sites before you try, preparation get everything ready before hand and check it twice and then check again just to be sure.  ALWAY REMEMDER  (if using studio lights) ELECTRICTY & WATER DO NOT MIX WELL , watch out for over spill with the water. 

 

The best way that I found to try and get these images is to use two flash units one on either side of the bowel of water and different colour cards to give off  a different colour  to you water droplets.  Milk, Food colouring, cream and other liquids can also make for very interesting effects, one of the best videos that I first used to try and get these image is the following from an amazing photographer Gavin Hoey and it can be found at the following link........ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwExpFDUC9Y        

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