Using Sunbursts to Create Drama
Sunbursts can add a bit of drama to your architectural images, both cityscapes, and more detailed shots. Here are a few steps to follow to make the most of these types of shots:
- Stop down your lens to f/16-f/22 to get those radiant beams of light to shine.
- Expose for your highlights/underexpose to make those rays show up in the shot instead of just a big white blob.
- When composing the shot, align the sun along the edge or corner of your structure/building. This helps your camera grab focus and gives those beams a place to radiate from.
First up, some architectural details.
Next, you can use these same techniques in wider cityscape shots. The sculptural element in the Mary Bartelme Park is a great place to position the sun to create this effect.
Having an edge for the sunburst to radiate from is certainly a good way to utilize this effect, but it can work just as well as a singular element in the frame. A good counter to your architectural subject, whether a detail or cityscape.
This June’s monthly theme will be sunbursts. Share your images with us in our Facebook Group: Architecture Photography Unfolded or on Instagram by tagging us @photographyunfolded or with #sunburtsunfolded. We’ll be sure to share your images in our IG stories and/or for Feature Friday. We look forward to seeing your shots!