When shooting into evening sun, sometimes it can be overpowering and completely wash out your image or cause unwanted flare. Other times this flare can give your images a romantic look. The key is managing the flare and using it to your advantage.
For this shoot, the sun was setting behind us, but with how it was coming in over the side of the gravel pit it was a bit overpowering. I did not have a lens hood on the lens I was using. This may have helped some, but would not have blocked out enough unwanted light. What I ended up doing for many of the shots is using a reflector (out of the shot) to block excess sun coming in from overhead or shooting from a different angle. You can see in these three images varying degrees of light falling onto my lens.
Sun flare can be gorgeous and fun, but must be managed properly or else you end up with washed out images with little contrast and that can be frustrating. I did edit one of my overly washed out images, just to see what I could do and I will say I have mixed feelings on if I like it or not. I will leave that to you, however I am very grateful that I took the time to block out excess light on the majority of the images from our session.
My favorite images from the session are those with the perfect amount of light and little to no flare/wash.
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