I recently participated in a workshop led by Steve Gettle in the Adirondack Mountains. Steve suggested that I try capturing a photograph of Queen Anne's Lace just after sunrise. The challenge was to frame the plant directly in front of the rising sun! I had never tried shooting directly into the sun before.
At first, I tried to align the image and focus using the optical viewfinder. Needless to say, this is not the safest thing to do for your eyesight. Fortunately, my Nikon D800 offers Live View. So, I was able to align and focus by looking at the image in the LCD panel on the back of the camera rather than having to look directly into the sun.
One of the benefits of participating in photography workshops is learning new techniques. This technique of shooting into the sun to create more interesting images is one that I plan to use in my photography moving forward.