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My Sunday Photo: Sun Rays

My Sunday Photo this week is all about light – sun rays of light to be exact. I capture this shot using my new mirrorless Canon with my trusty 50mm lens. I was out capturing candid portraits of my daughter so wasn’t really set up for capturing a skyscape. But, when I looked up and saw these rays I instinctively pulled the camera to my eye and shot.

I don’t know what it is about these sun rays that I love so much. They seem otherworldly in some way. Yet, it’s just physics. I was never very good with physics at school so my knowledge of light really comes from my learning about photography. After all, photography is all about light at the end of the day. Without light, there would be no photographs.

A Little About Sun Rays

Sun rays are also known as crepuscular rays. The rays we see streaming through gaps in clouds are parallel columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. The rays appear to diverge because of perspective effects in the topology. Airborne dust, inorganic salts, organic aerosols, small water droplets and the air molecules themselves scatter the sunlight and make the rays visible.


Technical info

  • Camera: Canon EOS M50
  • Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8
  • Exposure:
    • Focal length: 50mm 
    • Shutter speed: 1/1000sec
    • Aperture: f/7.1
    • ISO: 100

More reading from this week

While you are here I appreciate it if you’d check out my other posts from the last week.

Thanks for checking out My Sunday Photo



8 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo: Sun Rays”

  1. Love the detail in your blog post. I used to give real techncial detail in my photo posts as well. More to the point I love this image. great capture of sun rays. #mysundayphoto

  2. Considering I’ve shot with a 50D for the past 8 years it’s going ok. Getting used to the EVF lag is a challenge. Technically a very capable camera and I’m enjoying it immensely. Still got my 50D though, that feel much better in my hands.

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