A photo that I took at the weekend near where I live in Poynton, Cheshire - the sun was setting as I walked back through the quiet of the woods on the way home. This was the final moment before it dipped out of sight below the tree tops.
This effect was all achieved in-camera (there's no Photoshop trickery involved).
It's easy to do if you use a macro lens - here I used a "Nikon 105mm f2.8vr micro" but any macro lens will do.
By focusing on an object close to the camera, like the twig in this photo, the setting sun in the distance becomes blurred and much larger in the frame. In this one I really liked the perfect orange circle that it formed and so I moved around while looking through the viewfinder until I got the twig to bisect the circle which I thought made an interesting composition.
The only significant thing I did in post-processing was to crop it to a square format (I composed it in the camera viewfinder with a square crop in mind). The square format is one of my favourites as I love the feeling of balance and harmony that it can bring.
Note - heavily influenced by my friend Joanna Ohmori's photography from Japan. You can check out her photos here:
Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog
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105 mm (35mm equiv.)