A question

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A question

Could I get some advice on trying capture sun / sunbursts through fog. The weather here has been extremely foggy but this morning the sun was shining through the fog and it was beautiful. Problem was I had no idea how to capture it. Because of the fog the sky is completely white-grey looking. The foreground is very gloomy. The sun is brilliant.

Where would I meter? What type of shutter speeds would work best? Any help is much appreciated. It is an area I know nothing about but would like to play with, especially as that is what the weather is giving me (that and rain)

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I am far from being the RIGHT one to answer this, but I have shot a few sunburts that I like. Here are a few.

1- ISO- 200, f/22.0, 1/320

sunflarewithbarn by sadieruth, on Flickr

2- ISO-200, f/22.0, 1/400

sunflarepasture3 by sadieruth, on Flickr

3- ISO-500, f/16, 1/1250

-edit by sadieruth, on Flickr

4- ISO-500, f/22, 1/60

sunset by sadieruth, on Flickr

5- Most recent- taken last night
ISO- 500, f/14, 1/1000

sunburst by sadieruth, on Flickr

I included all the settings. Shooting with your ap closed is what makes it burst if I understood that correctly.

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I have one from last week
Reaching for the Sun

and that isn't with the ap closed up, BUT I have a P&S and my understanding is that with a P&S, a "wide open" ap like f/3.2 is actually more like f/16 on a DSLR, so I don't really know. I have read to close up your ap, in fact just last week I think perhaps it was Cindy who suggested that. As far as SS goes, I think ap is more important than SS. I don't think SS will make a difference, really? Not really sure what to suggest about cutting through the fog, though.