I tend to generally avoid shooting out in the open in midday sun, unless a purposeful use of the sun as a backlight/rim light would give an interesting effect for an image of a specific subject, but sometimes the strong midday sun just happens to perfectly light something and make for a beautiful image. The below is a photo of a lily flower in my mom’s pond. I walked by the pond on my way into the house and, while quickly glancing over at little waterfall on the edge of the pond, I noticed from the corner of my eye how perfectly the sun fell on that one waterlily flower making it look almost as if it were glowing. In some ways, the photograph shows it even better than it was in real life since the camera sensor tends to exaggerate the contrast between the illuminated and the shaded parts of the image. It’s one of my favorite nature shots from Sweden from this past summer.
(85mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/6400 sec)