Sunset over the City

I was at one of my favorite spots to shoot in Miami Beach when the sun started going down. It was so big I wanted to try and capture its scale. I quickly switched my lens to my Nikon 70-200mm zoomed all the way in and got this shot.

When you zoom all the way in using a zoom lens, is what we call compressing a shot. That means you bring the background into the front of the image giving it a very unique look. You also make background elements appear bigger then they actually are by using this technique.

I shot it with my Nikon D800. Shortly after the sun set I started shooting some cool night shots with my favorite wide angle.


How to make the sun look big in my photos

This is a question I get often. Edin how do you make the sun look so massive in your photos?” I teach this at my photography workshops and often people are shocked at the results.

To achieve this is actually quite easy, all you need is a massive zoom. Most of us do not have a massive zoom, I totally understand that but even if you have a 200mm zoom lens it will do the job.

Once you are out on the field photographing the sun, make sure you zoom in directly at the sun, while doing this make sure you have some sort of foreground, in this case I used the trees at the Everglades National Park.

In the photos below you can see the difference between a photo shot at 70mm and the same shot at 600mm

In the professional lingo this is called compression. Compressing the sun. Now go out there and experiment, you will be surprised at the results.

Camera settings: 1/125 F18 ISO100 Zoomed in at 70mm

Camera settings: 1/200 F18 ISO100 Zoomed in at 600mm