Coping with difficult lighting

The reality of making pictures is that most of us are never at the right place at the right time.  Well, we try to be, but frequently event schedules and the timing for good lighting do not always coincide.

For example, if the entrance to the Cirque du Soleil tent in San Francisco is facing a late afternoon sun and all you have is a little pocket camera, you have to deal with it…and hope for the best in post processing. In this case, I opted for B&W with a lot of tuning…

Cirque Du Soleil Tent, San Francisco 2011 © Frank Simpson
Foggy days over San Fancisco Bay are the norm.  However, in this instance the sun punched a small hole through the fog, lighting up the green sail… 

Tiburon on San Francisco Bay © Frank Simpson