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Help on how to take a better picture of sunrays coming through dark clouds

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03-03-2012, 05:09 PM
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Help on how to take a better picture of sunrays coming through dark clouds

I'll try to upload some of my files soon as I can find the transfer cable.

I was out trying to take pictures of airplanes at the air national guard base here in Chesterfield, MI... when I noticed that the sun was really coming through some medium / dark clouds in a way that was truly stunning. I had an uninterupted view of the sky and took some pictures before the "rays" went away...

I have never had a good hand with pictures of the sun.

My travel camera is a Sony Alpha DSLR A-200

It allows for fully customizable manual settings... I'm just not sure what gives the best results for showing sun rays coming through the clouds, when the focus is on the clouds and not a subject in the foreground.

Anyone able to help?

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these are 2 of the pics I snapped earlier.

I know there's a ton of post-picture rendering you can do from software... but I'm interested in the camera-based settings

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tripod and longer time exposure will let more light in.

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