Marree, South Australia. Leica S, 30mm.
Marree, South Australia. Leica S, 30mm.

Shooting straight into the sun, high contrast scenes is always problematic for digital cameras, no matter how good the camera is. The sun and its immediate surrounds are simply too bright for the sensor to record and that massive overload of light can bleed into surrounding pixels on the sensor. This shows up as a large area of pure white surrounded by a harsh transition into more normal sky tones.

If, like me, you like the effects of ‘contre-jour’ images like this one, then one way to help the camera do its job is to hide the sun behind part of the subject, in this case a water tower in the outback town of Marree in South Australia. The camera can handle this contrast much easier  although you will still need to do some shadow and highlight work in Lightroom, something we discuss in great detail in the forthcoming Akademie Lightroom course on file processing.