During a trip along the Oregon Coast, I found an amazing metal fish sculpture along Siletz Bay in Lincoln City. As the BEFORE image shows, it was an overcast day with the diffused sun at my back, and the resulting photo is pretty much a here's-what-I-saw snapshot. But I envisioned more of an artsy look from backlighting (facing toward the setting sun).
I returned on a clear-sky day, right before sunset, for a silhouette scene that emphasizes the strong fish shapes (see AFTER image). A very small aperture (f/22) - along with the sun just peeking out from behind the sculpture - created the sunstar effect. I also deliberately included a slice of the background (water, fisherman, etc.) in order to achieve a "sense of place."
And, of course, I used a tripod for getting a crisply sharp image and for composing the picture just the way I wanted it ... important since I don't post-crop.
BEFORE - frontlight on an overcast day.
AFTER - backlight on clear day at sunset. f/22 @ 1/30 second;
ISO 100; 50mm lens. (c) Kerry Drager
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