Summer with your shutter : shoot against the sun


At first I always avoid to shoot against the sun until one day I saw an incredible ray of light. Since that I always shoot against the sun if it’s ray of light or spectacular sunset/sunrise at the sky.

Credits: hervinsyah

Use any of your fave lomography camera, such as fisheye 2. I always passing through this monument lamp which remind me of shark fin. When I snap it I didn’t realized if I shoot it against the sun and it made a lovely dot line light bokeh look a like from the sun.

If you travel a lot with plane it’s so fun to shoot against the sun through the window of the plane. The sun is the most powerful light source in our life. And the light is like the air to photography. If it’s rain, be patient because nowaday it’s so hard to predict the weather (especially in Indonesia __). Be ready and preparing your analogue camera (the beautiful flight attendant will not complain if you explain to her that your camera did not contain the equipment which can annoyed the communication between cockpit and the airport monitor)

Keep looking above and you will find adorable scenery upside your boring town. Unfortunately I don’t have super tele(scope) lens to shoot that morning moon which exactly above the morning sun.

I’m just lucky had a chance to snap the sunset at the red sea, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia last year. Unfortunately the lightleak ruin the perfect scenery. Maybe you can covered the lightleak source with two of your hand at the both side of the lens.

Shoot against the sun can make your architecture photo more stronger and make the shape of the architecture element sharpness.

Dark place with a little bit small hole for the sun light source is one of the best place to shoot against the sun.

Cotton candy cloud is my most favoritew cloud. I learn that this kind of cloud will appear in the morning if last night the rain fall very heavy. Shoot against the sun below my fave cotton candy cloud is one of my fave cloud photo.

Credits: hervinsyah

Bored with single shoot? Try double or multiple exposure when shoot against the sun, don’t forget to shoot an interesting object to completing so so typical boring sunset/sunrise photo.

Credits: hervinsyah

Found some exotic shape object and frame the delectable circle sun light to make a new multiple interpretation silhouette object, just like I did with this iconic Patung Kuda, near Ngurah Rai airport, Bali, Indonesia. I’m just lucky to get this sunset at my last day in Bali early this year because since I visit Bali for spent a new years holiday until one week later, it always heavy rain in Bali.

written by hervinsyah on 2014-06-04


  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Nice blog, photos!!

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Many thanks, sir @herbert-4

  3. dahan
    dahan ·

    keren bro

  4. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Matur nuwun mas @dahan =)

  5. din_saha2014
    din_saha2014 ·

    Keren bro... Mau cuba juga 😊👍

  6. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Thanks @din_saha2014

  7. tasjarhodes
    tasjarhodes ·

    Nice photos. But, can that damage the camera?

  8. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @tasjarhodes nice question, never think about that. Maybe we should ask the expert because I don't know the answer. PS : Anybody can help to answer Tasja's question?

  9. tasjarhodes
    tasjarhodes ·

    I'm afraid that might be the reason my only Smena 8 doesn't work anymore. I just read in the instruction manual for Zorki 4K that pointing the camera to the bright sun can cause damage :(

  10. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @tasjarhodes OMG, thanks for the info, I'm feeling guilty have write this article T_T

  11. tasjarhodes
    tasjarhodes ·

    And I feel guilty for ruining the fun, because these photos are cool :(
    I don't know, maybe they are just overemphasizing the whole thing, but I think that I should be more careful, not to make the same mistake again (if that was the reason my camera doesn't work anymore).

  12. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @tasjarhodes no no, your not guilty at all, maybe we should ask Simon @lavisionmd hahaha sorry to make you busy again, Simon. So, does shoot the camera against the sun will damage the camera? Thanks before =)

  13. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @vespa66 rip, ngajepret panon poe ngaruksak kamera teu? hahaha bingung uy ngawalerna

  14. lavisionmd
    lavisionmd ·

    Hi everyone,
    Shooting against the sun won't damage the camera. I would say that the manual you mentioned @tasjarhodes may refer to possible "damages" on the film. If the camera is not working properly then there is another reason for sure!

  15. vespa66
    vespa66 ·

    tah mastah ngajawab kang @hervinsyah

  16. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Thank you very much, Simon @lavisionmd

    @vespa66 hahaha urg sok katarajang panik uy mun teu tiasa ngawaler pertanyaan tehnis

    @tasjarhodes I hope Simon's could answer your question, Tasja =)

  17. tasjarhodes
    tasjarhodes ·

    I don't know... The exact sentence from the manual is: "Do not point the lens at the bright sun to prevent curtains from burning through." And I also read somewhere on the internet that the heat can harm the shutter mechanics, as well... (as for my camera in particular, all I get on film is leaks and nothing else, even though I'm sure that the film wasn't exposed during the loading or unloading, so I thought that might have been the cause). Sorry for being boring, I was just curious about this.
    But, of course, I'm far from being an expert, so thanks a lot, @lavisionmd for the answer :)
    I'll stick to the "better safe than sorry" principle, anyway :)

  18. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @tasjarhodes yes, if the manual book said that you should avoid shoot against the sun, I think you should do that to prevent the damage.

  19. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @asmaraganteng Orang Indonesia, mas. Trims. ngomong2 mending upload foto hasil dari jepretan kamera analog, trus kalo bikin blog yang berhubungan sama situs ini, soalnya kalo ketahuan sama " police" suka dilaporin ke LSI dan minta di delete, saya mah ngasih tau aja mas, kan ga enak ntar orang Indonesia disangkanya cuma bisa nyampah disini, sori agak kasar hehehe