Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #109: Under the Sun

LAPC photo challenge theme for this week is “Under the Sun”.

The theme title is inspired by the book “Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy” by Frances Mayes (published in 1997). Mayes bought a rundown villa in rural Tuscany and renovated the property. She has lived there since and enjoyed the Tuscan sun, food, and wine. However this theme series is not about featuring the Tuscan sun, but photo captures anywhere under the sun.

Taking photos under the sun is not always encouraged for photographers, due to the fact that the image may capture high contrast, blown out highlights, lens flare, etc. Digital Photography suggests eleven tips. It’d be nice to apply these tips, but in reality, while traveling especially, most of the time we have only a few minutes capture a scene under the sun.

The last trip we made in 2019 was to Egypt. We were under the sun and in the heat every day, from early morning to evening. Sitting in the air conditioning on the bus was the only time of the day we could get a little break from the heat.

Tourists climbed up to the Giza Pyramid and were patiently waiting in a long line to get into the tomb under the sun. We were told by our tour guide that at a certain time of the day and at the right angle, you can see the Pyramid turn a golden color.

Riding camel under the sun at Giza:

I’d like to use the quote from “A Room with a View” by E.M. Forster to close this theme.

“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.”

Special thanks to Xenia for hosting last week’s Sanctuary challenge. Your responses have been inspiring and comforting during this troubling time. Thank you for your support. Have you seen these:

 Cathy Ryan ~ PictureThis:”Spending time in nature brings a sense of calm, healing and peacefulness.” 

ANNE SANDLER (Slow Shutter Speed): “I came to the realization that I find peace and rejuvenate when I’m out taking pictures.”

Siobhan (BEND BRANCHES): “In my sanctuary Spring arrives with a symphony birdsongs and blooms…”

John’s Space: “Amongst other things, I find sanctuary in a room with books.”

We look forward to seeing your Under the Sun photos and perhaps your photograph experience and stories. Please make sure you include a link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can find your post in the WP Reader.

Be sure to check out Tina’s Travels and Trifles post next week as she hosts Challenge #110.

237 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #109: Under the Sun

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  12. Thank you for sharing photos of your adventures to places I’ve never been (I’m assuming others haven’t too ;-)). I’d love to see a camel in real-life. I really love the composition of your last photo – the star is stunning. Thanks for hosting this week’s challenge!

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      • Remember the day when we had film and had to restrict our photo taking and cross our fingers that the shots turned out? I’m glad you took so many photos to share with us too! And I hope you get to travel again to places you’ve yet to discover so you can share more photos with us!


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