Direct sunlight is the quality of light you can expect on a bright sunny day. This quality of light, normally present in the middle of the day, creates a hard and harsh quality of light, which delivers pronounced shadows. It's not an ideal light for shooting portraits, because of the shadows it produces on the face, but it is a great light for creating graphic imagery emphasizing shapes, lines, and texture. To be used effectively, direct sunlight requires an awareness of the presence and the impact of shadows.
I used direct sunlight and the strong, direct shadows it produced to create a strong graphic element in the background and create contrast between the background and my subject.
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