Today was the last day of 2013 and the seventeenth day of my daily photo project. My original intention of this project was to start it on New Year’s Day but I felt compelled to start it right away so I jumped right into it seventeen days early. Hopefully, that just means that I’ll have seventeen extra photos to build my experience when I’m done. I didn’t put much priority on my photography today so I only had a handful of snapshots from skiing at Northstar with Diana. It’s atypical for photographers to take photos directly into the sun, especially when it’s of a person; but I’ve always loved the way the flare reduces the contrast of an image in such an appealing way. I find that the most appealing flare is when the sun is near the center of the frame, that way you reduce most of the colored bright reflections that cause harsh flare spots and are usually just left with a sort of warm haze that leaks over your frame, flattening and colorizing what would otherwise be dark and in shadow. Happy New Year.

Exif Data:
Canon EOS 6D
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/2.8
ISO 100