Sunlight: Weekly Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School

Sunlight: Weekly Photography Challenge

16-05-10 Last Of The Summer (Wine)In the last week on dPS we’ve posted a couple of tutorials that focus upon the ‘Sun’ in different ways with our posts Using the Sun as a Compositional Element and How to Use Sunset Light to Light Portraits.

So – today I’m issuing you with a challenge that could allow you to practice those techniques (and a followup to last weeks Silhouette challenge). Your challenge is to take and share a photo that fits into the theme of ‘sunlight’.

Feel free to take the theme in any direction – it is intentionally broad. You may choose to take a portrait by sunlight, take advantage of the Golden Hour, shoot a sunset or sunrise, shoot in the midday sun or even experiment with capturing some artistic lens flare.

It is totally up to you.

Once you’ve taken your ‘Sunlight’ image and have upload it to your favourite photo sharing site either share a link to it or – embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSSUNLIGHT to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the images posted in our last challenge – Silhouette challenge where there were some great images submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • micky_alegre

    April 27, 2013 08:48 pm

    this is only point and shoot.. hope u like it..

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8389/8644791343_faf52c542a_s.jpg

  • micky_alegre

    April 27, 2013 08:40 pm

    this is only point and shoot.. hope u like it..

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8684788473_a8b50162ef_m.jpg

  • blueb3ll

    April 17, 2013 10:20 pm

    Up above the clouds the sky is always blue

    Taken with my ITouch 5

    http://500px.com/photo/31303399

  • Adele

    April 11, 2013 12:50 am

    http://pinkchameleon.co.za/?p=953

  • srikanth

    April 10, 2013 06:06 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/srikanthpanchikarla/8636145603/in/photostream

  • srikanth

    April 10, 2013 06:03 pm

    My daughter's pic,took this pic on top of my house (terrace) in the evening

  • gio

    April 8, 2013 05:29 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/giovesoft/8343996880

  • Mark

    April 5, 2013 10:04 pm

    Here's mine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/94555203@N08/8620180259/

  • Zain Abdullah

    April 5, 2013 07:40 pm

    Sunrise at Air Tawar Beach, Besut, Malaysia

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/beaches/e338daad3

  • Andrew

    April 5, 2013 09:01 am

    and

  • H.M. Evans

    April 5, 2013 12:50 am

    I'm sure I posted my image correctly. Let's try this one more time....

    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/amazingraciephotography/8617115231/][eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8617115231_cd52c8bce0.jpg' title='8617115231_cd52c8bce0.jpg'][/url]
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/amazingraciephotography/8617115231/]Sunrise On The Riverwalk[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/amazingraciephotography/]Amazin' Gracie Photography[/url], on Flickr

    Hope it works this time.....

  • H.M. Evans

    April 5, 2013 12:23 am

    Took this one as the sun was rising over the Congaree River. Its a 3 exposure HDR....

    http://flic.kr/p/e8sY9g

    [eimg url='http://flic.kr/p/e8sY9g' title='e8sY9g']

  • Austin Thomas

    April 4, 2013 10:19 pm

    This pic has been published in many Local Magazines in Oman, i love it

  • Michael

    April 4, 2013 05:07 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/e71EKU

  • RUTH Yates

    April 4, 2013 04:16 pm

    This is my shot, see if you can see the face (In the shape of the rock in the forground).

  • SundayMorning

    April 4, 2013 11:38 am

    Hmmm... let's try this again...

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/indulgentphotography/8551701149/' title='Sunrise From Mt Rubidoux ~' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8551701149_85c81b9e39.jpg']

  • SundayMorning

    April 4, 2013 11:36 am

    One of my favorites, this was taken shortly after sunrise about 3 weeks ago...

  • Chris Wallace

    April 4, 2013 10:48 am

    Great sunset from a recent Wedding

    [eimg url='http://carpediemphotographycheshire.co.uk/jack.jpg' title='jack.jpg']

  • Alex Banakas

    April 4, 2013 05:24 am

    Here's my submission for the Sunlight assignment:

  • den

    April 4, 2013 01:28 am

    here goes mine. the Phily sunrise..http://www.flickr.com/photos/52forty/8607018868/in/photostream/
    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8607018868_d7211c81e9_b.jpg' title='8607018868_d7211c81e9_b.jpg']

  • nighttime

    April 3, 2013 08:41 pm

    Here's my try:

  • Omar De la Cruz

    April 3, 2013 08:04 am

    Here's mine, am not sure if it needs some editing in lightroom, didnt want to do something to it since i liked a lot

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/166714_10151291621856324_307664828_n.jpg

  • Sam Lothridge

    April 3, 2013 04:16 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/upper9pix/8613246534/

  • Sp

    April 3, 2013 03:35 am

    A fortuitous sunny March evening on a bike ride. Taken at Farley Mount Monument in Hampshire, UK.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/31310680@N04/8610987643/' title='P4015254' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8256/8610987643_01bca9192a.jpg']

  • Scott Dunson

    April 3, 2013 02:04 am

    Easter Sunset

  • COLIN BOND

    April 2, 2013 07:03 pm

    sunrise on snowy morning.

    http://flic.kr/p/e81FxT

  • Bill Young

    April 2, 2013 03:07 pm

    We had a rare sunny March day here in Oregon....

    http://500px.com/photo/29907821

  • vh71886

    April 2, 2013 01:18 pm

    Venice Beach sunset https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-t1QZwy7LFs8/UVjSDn19JiI/AAAAAAAALHM/wswiQy1efVg/s651/_MG_2863.jpg

  • satesh

    April 2, 2013 12:50 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/satesh/8611030533/

  • Archie Triantafilidis

    April 2, 2013 10:02 am

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=156303301201992&set=a.156268134538842.1073741836.131218780377111&type=1&theater

  • Francis

    April 2, 2013 09:47 am

    Sunrise

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/francisverana/8611358958/in/photostream/

  • Nico Achkasov

    April 2, 2013 06:46 am

    http://500px.com/photo/28771749

  • Aurelien

    April 2, 2013 04:33 am

    Shot this in La Habana in Cuba. Sunset over the Vededo, with some fishermen in the foreground. Enjoy.

    http://flic.kr/p/e7PuTx

  • Robert Cutler

    April 2, 2013 01:12 am

    Cape San Blas Florida

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ePs77Bph4G1y8NJJHfBLSj9A2eNzpIKFnfyMNW5g8iE?feat=directlink

  • Robert Cutler

    April 2, 2013 01:09 am

    This pIc was taken at Cape San Blas florida,

    From 19Aug11 - Cape San Blas Camping

  • David

    April 2, 2013 12:19 am

    Sun setting over the Alps:
    [eimg url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/7163937989_abf37e3bfb.jpg' title='7163937989_abf37e3bfb.jpg']

    Larger: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/7163937989_28ea7ec6b5_o.jpg

  • raghavendra

    April 1, 2013 11:29 pm

    Sun rise with rainy clouds

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.in/2010/08/sun-rise-with-rainy-clouds.html

  • davide

    April 1, 2013 11:15 pm

    Sunset silholuette in Goa, India

    http://500px.com/photo/29830189

  • Mike Yoh

    April 1, 2013 11:05 pm

  • Mike Yoh

    April 1, 2013 11:04 pm

    [eimg url='http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt352/mbyoh/Best%20PICS/sunrise3.jpg' title='sunrise3.jpg'][eimg url='' title='a>']

  • Tristan Brazier

    April 1, 2013 10:08 pm

    Sunrise
    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8536/8604537910_31f8479d0b.jpg' title='8604537910_31f8479d0b.jpg']

  • Paul Ellis

    April 1, 2013 09:46 pm

    Sun's Retreat in Salford Quays
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulellis90/8599375231/in/photostream/

  • Frej

    April 1, 2013 06:18 pm

    Male teal caught in afternoon sunligt, just before sundown:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/halvorsenphoto/8557988498/in/photostream

  • Josh D

    April 1, 2013 12:09 pm

    One from our farm on the south coast of MA (my first photo uploaded to Flickr)!

  • D4wdle

    April 1, 2013 07:29 am

    Would really appreciate ANY feedback

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/d4wdle/8582362258/in/photostream

  • Jeremy C

    April 1, 2013 02:09 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcozannet/7119943233/' title='IMG_0929_DxO' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7106/7119943233_505fac1b45.jpg']

  • Werryson Wijaya

    April 1, 2013 01:24 am

    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8396/8606531380_587f593cd7.jpg' title='8606531380_587f593cd7.jpg']

    A shot taken on one of the beaches at Sawarna, located at the south coast of West Java, a moment before sunset. Intentionally trying to grab the silhouette, get the extra bonus by accidentally caught the lens flare right at the head of the silhouette, thus highlighting the "enlightenment" even more.

  • tobi

    April 1, 2013 01:07 am

    According to the falling snow at easter sunday, a christmas decoration photo ;-)
    flickr[eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8343535112_26ee5fd3c2.jpg' title='8343535112_26ee5fd3c2.jpg']

  • arunraj

    April 1, 2013 01:05 am

    this photo taken from compact camera and this is from kerala

  • arunraj

    April 1, 2013 01:02 am

    [eimg url='http://pcdn.500px.net/29729769/c519086bb68e2d5288e38c54da3abdc00c42927b/4.jpg' title='4.jpg']

  • Hugh F

    April 1, 2013 12:10 am

    Not by me, but on a local website in my area:

    http://www.harringayonline.com/photo/sunny-finsbury-park

  • Hugh F

    March 31, 2013 11:44 pm

    This challenge is just a cruel tease for those of us living in the UK this Spring. We've all forgotten what the sun looks like!

  • Abhijeet Chakravarty

    March 31, 2013 11:21 pm

    http://500px.com/photo/29560315

  • Christopher

    March 31, 2013 11:20 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39434792@N03/8606244822/

  • Christopher

    March 31, 2013 11:20 pm

    Here is mine ! Enjoy

  • Vikram

    March 31, 2013 10:57 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/94600959@N08/8604905993/' title='DSC_0271' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8604905993_f70678967c.jpg']

  • Scottc

    March 31, 2013 10:55 pm

    Sun on a Sundial, can you tell what time it is?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4759984017/

  • Andrew Dizon

    March 31, 2013 10:24 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/e7p34x

  • John

    March 31, 2013 10:22 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29432399@N06/8066614049/

  • John

    March 31, 2013 10:21 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29432399@N06/8062225053/

  • John

    March 31, 2013 10:20 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29432399@N06/8170729953/

  • Vikram

    March 31, 2013 09:51 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/94600959@N08/8604945633/' title='DSC_0342_001' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8604945633_88fc261b33.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/94600959@N08/8606007404/' title='DSC_0276' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8539/8606007404_01540b4dc9.jpg'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/94600959@N08/8604905993/' title='DSC_0271' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8604905993_f70678967c.jpg']

  • Surya Kumar

    March 31, 2013 07:27 pm

    .

  • Alex

    March 31, 2013 08:26 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/94502693@N02/8603367831/

  • Binoy

    March 31, 2013 05:25 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/binoyshaw/8475866262/

  • Tony Stanisch

    March 31, 2013 04:50 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonystanisch/8595855929/

  • Surya Kumar

    March 31, 2013 04:39 am

    Here is mine.

  • Matt B

    March 31, 2013 04:15 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_battison/8040135491/in/set-72157631659622025

  • Chris

    March 31, 2013 04:12 am

    [eimg url='https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/563598_10200294120249202_974130092_n.jpg' title='563598_10200294120249202_974130092_n.jpg']

    My son and the sun on the beach last night.

  • Vamsipala

    March 31, 2013 04:06 am

    This shot was taken at Neil Island- Andaman, during sunset...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vamsipalaphotography/8599776697/in/photostream

  • Surya Kumar

    March 31, 2013 03:51 am

    My entry...

  • Bor

    March 31, 2013 03:01 am

    http://500px.com/photo/26307795 - morning above Bled's lake on 8.2.2013

  • Philippe

    March 31, 2013 02:21 am

    Here's my contribution with a little sunset over Hong Kong...

    http://fr.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/China/photo1362658.htm

  • Didik

    March 31, 2013 01:55 am

    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8126/8603511780_8a0f7795cd_b.jpg' title='8603511780_8a0f7795cd_b.jpg']

  • Gary Paakkonen

    March 31, 2013 12:39 am

    Shot in my sideyard at 11:49am directly into the sun... filtered by my icy trees and a Hoya Circular Polarizer

    http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Places/Canadian-Prairies/The-Farm/i-Cn7QTNn/0/XL/20130223-_GPP5701-XL.jpg

  • Gary Paakkonen

    March 31, 2013 12:38 am

    [url=http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Places/Canadian-Prairies/The-Farm/24363691_cRfD9T#!i=2398947595&k=Cn7QTNn&lb=1&s=A][eimg url='http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Places/Canadian-Prairies/The-Farm/i-Cn7QTNn/0/L/20130223-_GPP5701-L.jpg' title='20130223-_GPP5701-L.jpg'][/url]

    Shot in my sideyard at 11:49am directly into the sun... filtered by my icy trees

  • Bill Domansky

    March 31, 2013 12:36 am

    Sunset in Iowa

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8392528554_61b284386c_b.jpg

    Shot with Canon 60D, Tamrom 24-70mm @ 24mm, f/11, 1/100, ISO 200.

  • mario gozum

    March 31, 2013 12:11 am

    Waiting for the sunset at Terrapin Park, MD.

    [eimg url='https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MlZ6KLm2Fg4/UVUsGa2dUJI/AAAAAAAABPw/o48gPvM7oVM/s865/bay_bridge_240ppi_wm.jpg' title='bay_bridge_240ppi_wm.jpg']

  • Sevdi Guler

    March 30, 2013 10:45 pm

    Here is the shadows of Lake

    http://500px.com/photo/29632203

  • James McCormac

    March 30, 2013 09:33 pm

    Well after trying twice to get the photo to embed here is the link. I took this a while back when I got my first SLR, it is a sunrise over Tenerife in the Canary Islands

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmccormac001/8462197156/in/photostream

  • James McCormac

    March 30, 2013 09:32 pm

    Here is a shot I took during sunrise shortly after I got my first SLR camera. It was taken from La Palma in the Canary Islands looking across to Tenerife.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmccormac001/8462197156/' title='Sunrise over Tenerife' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8462197156_4cb079ae62.jpg']

  • DyaDyo Sadim

    March 30, 2013 09:11 pm

    Sun_Rays
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyads_pix/8512458145/in/photostream

  • Amy Cassiday

    March 30, 2013 06:58 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amycassiday/8356494492/in/photostream

  • Jari

    March 30, 2013 06:33 pm

    Blooms with a flare: https://picasaweb.google.com/102835787812449721540/Public#5853524830627338258

  • Dirk Thayer

    March 30, 2013 05:52 pm

    Sorry, tried to embed the photo but it didn't seem to work. Here's the link: http://flic.kr/p/e7c1Aj

  • Dirk Thayer

    March 30, 2013 05:51 pm

    A ship in the San Diego harbor with the sun behind it...

  • JSD

    March 30, 2013 04:08 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0095009/photos/34755944@N04/8602540238/

    I'm new to photography, so be gentle

  • Cherrie Zell

    March 30, 2013 04:03 pm

    Hi Rose, I'm new on here as well. I think the rules are very loose, after all there are no prizes. I like to see what others have posted, even if the photos are a bit old. I use the challenge to try to grow as a photographer, as an opportunity to think about stuff I haven't bothered to think about before, and learn some new things about my camera (which is still a bit overwhelming). I look forward to seeing your submissions.

  • Rose

    March 30, 2013 02:17 pm

    Question about these weekly challenges. I was under the impression that the pictures were to be taken the week the challenge was posted. Is this not the reason it is called a weekly challenge, to challenge us in new ways? I've noticed that some pictures are during the week of the challenge and some are from a few years ago. I haven't posted anything yet because I wasn't sure what the rules were. I'm kind of new on here and have been looking at the challenges the past couple months and I like all of the new challenges to make us grow as photographers.

  • Barb

    March 30, 2013 01:58 pm

    Sunlight and silhouette.

    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=343DCFDB19D1B836!198&authkey=!AHSOJRDrb4CsAbM

  • Kathy G

    March 30, 2013 12:31 pm

    Sunset Petit Jean Arkansas

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lensbug2010/8543373528/

  • Seb

    March 30, 2013 10:56 am

    Sunset over Athens, Greece :

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49749846@N07/8462856284/

  • Alyssa Z. Amaro

    March 30, 2013 10:54 am

    I thought I'd share this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alyzam6/8579119742/in/photostream

  • inkid

    March 30, 2013 10:51 am

    sunrise portrait with flare
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkid/5705357543/

  • Cherrie Zell

    March 30, 2013 10:17 am

    Sunlight was a significant feature of my submissions for the last two weeks, so trying to come up with something fresh for this week was a challenge indeed.

    http://cherriezell.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/dps-weekly-challenge-sunlight/

  • Lily

    March 30, 2013 10:08 am

    Through the foliage
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ljampol/8369926341/in/photostream

  • JossieK

    March 30, 2013 09:52 am

    I caught the setting sun shining directly down a lane.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/81950116@N07/8601834620/

  • Josiah Rohrer

    March 30, 2013 09:28 am

    Tree sillouette- here's mine

    http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/93324980@N05/8601000394/

  • Ankur

    March 30, 2013 08:51 am

    Sunrise over Haleakala, Maui http://www.flickr.com/photos/ankur_dreams/8324067570/in/set-72157631550354892/

  • Pawel

    March 30, 2013 08:50 am

    http://pawelkedziora.pl/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/6.JPG

    Sun made that portrait truly unique.

  • Julio Melanda

    March 30, 2013 07:24 am

    View from my window with the sun rising

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62430845@N02/8601533034/

  • Jeff E Jensen

    March 30, 2013 06:49 am

    Here's a couple from one of my favorite spots to enjoy sunrise:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/01/balancing-rock.html

  • joshi daniel

    March 30, 2013 06:07 am

    Mine: http://joshidaniel.com/2013/03/10/229/

  • Jean-Pierre

    March 30, 2013 05:48 am

    Scanned today. Alfredo, photographer and neighbor:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45517597@N07/8600989976/in/photostream

  • Chris

    March 30, 2013 05:43 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/94380265@N04/8600208313/

  • Thomas Schmidt

    March 30, 2013 05:14 am

    Since there is no sunlight forecasted here for the next days, I have to contribute some recent shots of a low Winter sun with long shadows.

    http://thoschmiphotos.blogspot.de/2013/03/low-winter-sun.html

  • Filip

    March 30, 2013 04:10 am

    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8488/8248336965_b0255afe9e.jpg' title='8248336965_b0255afe9e.jpg']

  • doug

    March 30, 2013 03:24 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38612905@N07/7640374424/

  • Tom O'Connor

    March 30, 2013 02:53 am

    Here's one from the gutter:

    http://taustinoconnor.zenfolio.com/p9574725/e34583aa7

  • Srikant

    March 30, 2013 02:49 am

    Sunset from top of a hill
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/srikant_kuanar/8528708660/in/photostream

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