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I used a very super telephoto lens (1300mm) on a cropped sensor (Nikon D300) to get the model inside the sun. the model was about 150-200 meteres away from me over a high rock. I used levels to reduce the flare as the sun was still strong.

I cropped the photo from left and right only to get the proper composition...

The sun is white because it was overexposed although I used the maximum shutter speed and the smallest aperture on the lens.

I will try it again with lower sun when the sun light is weaker to get the yellow tones. With the cropped sensor of D300 (which I borrowed from my friend Murtadha Al-Homood) helped to narrow down the field of view to an equivalent of 1300X1.5 = 1900mm.

the lens used (Phoenix 650-1300mm) is very cheap and has low quality but works for this purpose. The f-number which was f/16 is not recorded in the EXIF because the lens has no CPU or any contacts to transfer lens info.
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A new deviant gives us another reason to ponder some of life's questions. In Thinking by ~almumen we can at least bask in the light and reflect, or just enjoy the view, it's your choice. Please welcome ~almumen to deviantart. ( Suggested by pablofurrutian and Featured by zerocomplex )
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DarkPrincessX Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Man in the sun :D:D:D
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myph Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Congratulations! This piece has been FEATURED in my latest news article "THE SUN and PEOPLE"! Don't forget to give it a fave! Have a great day!
[link] :sun:
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Kimbaustin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Hi,

this is a beautiful image. I would like to use it in a blog post with full credit to you and was wondering if that was possible. If so, how would you like the credit to appear?

Thanks,

Kim Bauer
www.confabulicious.com
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:iconsplinter-cell37:
Splinter-Cell37 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Flawless.
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Twilightwind Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Student Writer
I love the way the sun came out and so awesome how the model came out in the sun! :aww: Beautiful!
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blackness1747 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
featured
[link]
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:iconentarichu:
Entarichu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Hey mate, that's one of the best silhouettes I've ever seen!
Would you mind if I use this in a power-point presentation? I promise I wont sell or manipulate this in any way....please? :pray:
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:iconalmumen:
almumen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
sure...I do not mind...

thanks.
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:iconentarichu:
Entarichu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
No, thank YOU!
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:iconfehimeren:
fehimeren Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
very nice
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:iconkbaraniak:
kbaraniak Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
hey, this amazing photo has been featured here: [link] :) :clap:
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:iconwinkguy1:
WinkGuy1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008   Filmographer
Interesting.... he looks like a cutout...
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:iconlumierefonce:
LumiereFonce Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Awesome and the yellow ring around the sun does lend it more interest.
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:iconlemathurin:
leMathurin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
nice.
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AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Really neat looking, though somehow I feel like it would look better if you had cropped it so that the sun is in the middle and not so much in the right like it is now. Besides that I like this picture a lot.
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port-pillow Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
wow, it seems you put alot of work into this shot.
it worked too.
great shot :D
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DoubleDrop Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
I dig it. I could never tell that was a photograph.
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:iconseenew:
seenew Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
Very impressive. Have you considered using a neutral density filter, or two, or three(!)? Could help tame that hard sun.
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:iconalmumen:
almumen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
thanks. yes, I considered using ND filters but my filters does not fit the super-telphoto lens!
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:iconseenew:
seenew Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
oh yeah, that's something to consider. Haha. How big is the front of that lens?!
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:iconalmumen:
almumen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
The filter thread size is 95mm.
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:iconseenew:
seenew Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
wow, that's pretty big.
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WarpHedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Very powerful! Almost captures the essence of contemplation and meditation.
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:iconfreya03:
Freya03 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student Filmographer
oh wow, this is very beautiful. The sun setting gives that nice effect
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mimosame Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
great work !
no comments ....
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TheRussianLunchLady Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Fantastic. A ton of emotion.
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y0urstalker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
can I
can I
oh can I
can I fall?
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Beannighe Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Hey, don't apologize for what you see as shortcomings with the lens and exposure. IMO, its a great capture and post processing . Its an image that immediately grabs you attention, then the details and pose of the model tell you a story of introspection, etc. You have nothing to be ashamed of here. I want to see more ! =)
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GabrielleNoelle Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Beautiful....
nice.
~ELLE~
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lackinsanity Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Photographer
This is an amazing shot, great work!!!
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:iconmagiclitah:
MagicLitah Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Photographer
great
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:icontenko72:
tenko72 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot! I like that silhouette.
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Dimentichisi Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
ever think of trying an ND filter instead?
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:iconalmumen:
almumen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
thank you. I thought of using ND filter but the size of my filters do not support the lens used.

thanks again.
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:iconmaivugia:
maivugia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
An absolutely perfect shot. Definitely deserved the DD! Congrats!
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Wonderful, I am posting this link on my Social Networking site!
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icyhugs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! I am in love with the pose!:heart:
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OliverMa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student Interface Designer
a very carefully planned and well executed shot :D
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RakkuAmiya Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
That's awesome... well done on the dd!

Graeme
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AANARUDO Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
i thought i was a graphic at 1st, but very thought provoking use of photographic equipment, impressive
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:iconshugo7:
Shugo7 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
is it sunrise or sunset?
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:iconalmumen:
almumen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
thanks. It is sunset.
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Shugo7 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
cool and np
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kaitoupirate Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool~
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:iconldfranklin:
LDFranklin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Photographer
Absolutely stunning! Congrats on the DD!
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:iconwithpleasure:
withpleasure Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Amazing and beautiful.
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characterswelcome Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
is he barefoot?
i love it
beautiful composition
and just overall quality!
usually i prefer crazier things that are more out of the box but this is so simple and beautiful that i cant criticize !! :)
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:iconalmumen:
almumen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Thanks a lot.

yes, he was barefoot.
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characterswelcome Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
you're welcome!

I was wondering haha
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Joshinu-Panther Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
The most amazing photograph I've ever seen. <3
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F/1.0
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Dec 6, 2008, 4:40:03 PM