Robert_Lay wrote in post #7767364
Something wrong here. When the sun is "behind" a structure, such as the building here, then the near side of the building should be in shadow - not the brightest thing in the scene.
There is some terribly obvious patchwork being done to her left armpit. What is that all about?
Last but not least, if the sun is somwhere in front of the camera, as you seem to be saying, why on earth do you want to shoot into the sun?
Some very valid comments here.
I'll answer them all.
"the near side of the building should be in shadow - not the brightest thing in the scene"
Yesterday here in Houston was a very bright day. The time was around 4 PM and the sun was just peeking over a huge oak tree just behind the building. The model and bike were both in the shadow cast by the tree and this bare sheet metal building. Although still brightly lit by ambient light, the shade softened the light hitting this side of the building, and as you can see, the shadows are not as harsh as they would be from the hard light of direct sunlight.
"There is some terribly obvious patchwork being done to her left armpit."
I did nothing special to her armpit. I see what everyone is talking about and I know exactly what it is: The light from the reflector on camera left, which is being held by an assistant, is being partially blocked by her body, creating the harsh contrasty lighting you see on her arm where it becomes the armpit. In retrospect, I should have perhaps thrown a little fill flash or changed the reflector's angle of incidence to minimize this anomaly.
"Last but not least, if the sun is somwhere in front of the camera, as you seem to be saying, why on earth do you want to shoot into the sun?"
Being that the sun was still at a 45 degree angle in the sky, it was much too harsh to shoot out in the open without something to break the direct sunlight. We chose instead to shoot in the open shade cast by the building and tree, and this put me, by reasons of physics, shooting in the direction of the sun. However, the sun's position being just above the top of the tree, coupled with the use of a lens shade, eliminated any flare that might have otherwise occurred.