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Shooting a Clock Tower on a bright sunny afternoon

How to shoot on a bright sunny afternoon

A long time ago I attended a photography seminar where I was told that harsh light such as at midday does not produce the best images. Harsh lighting leave shadows. Sometimes this can be controlled by fill light and at other times that is just not possible.

I was in Margate Florida on a bright sunny Tuesday afternoon when I decided to take a photograph of the clock tower. The light was bright and harsh and using fill flash would not be ideal. I decided to set the camera in manual mode and try a few shutter speed/aperture combinations to see which one gives the best image. I also decided that I would overexpose the image a little to capture as much detail as possible.

The image below was captured around 2:00 PM with the following settings:

Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/640
Av (Aperture Value) 9.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 200
Lens EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length 50.0mm
Image Size 3888×2592
Image Quality MRAW
AF area select mode Manual selection