Taking a photo into the sun may not be the easiest thing in the world to do, but the results you get will be more than satisfying…most of the time.
First, it is a great way to get silhouettes. But secondly, it will give a dramatic contrast to your photos. If you have a camera with an automatic exposure, it may over expose your photos. A way to help compensate for that is to have the sun directly out of the scene. Or hide the sun behind something, like a tree or a cloud.
In The Sunlight on Leaves, the sun is just up to the left of the photo and there was just a bit of glare. But the whiteness of the leaves against the dark background of the trees provides a 3-D feel to the leaves. You can almost reach out and touch them.
The Escambia Bay Sunset you may have seen before. Here the sun was hidden behind the clouds and you can see some sun rays penetrating the cloud cover.
In the Cypress Sentinel scene the sun was hidden behind the tree while the camera was pointed directly at the sun. By the way, that tree was only a a hundred yards away from the bay sunset scene. That was a “two-for one” afternoon.
While the Boat at Dusk photo captured just a bit of the sun, the sun was low enough in the sky as to not provide too much of a glare. The sun’s reflection on the water provides feeling of depth. The scene appears just a bit darker than it actually was.
The Sunrise on The Florida Keys shows a dramatic way to hid the sun. The camera was aimed directly at the sun, but the trees covered the sun from the lens and did now show any glare.
There are many other ways of shooting into the sun, but these are just a few.