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This photo was taken on just an iPhone 4S, I say 'just' as it wasn't manually exposed and was just focused using the auto focus and then took it. Yes the iPhone is still a £400+ piece of tech and isn't available to just anyone but it's not a DSLR or a medium format camera or a RED or anything else that can produce photo size stills; it's primarily a phone that also happens to have an 8-megapixel camera sensor in the back and a high aperture of f2.4.
I took this on a spur of a moment on my way to work, I noticed the sunlight behind me and turned to look at it. I liked it so stepped into the car park I was walking past, lowered the camera to the ground and took the photo with the normal camera app.
I did post process this in Adobe Lightroom 5 so yes there is some professionalism going on as It isn't the original image style - obviously. I did initially just use a preset from Lightroom that added the brown tint and the high contrast (the raw image is flatter) but one thing that is almost incredible is Lightroom's ability to edit a JPEG without it falling to pieces - which they usually do; try altering the contrast on a JPEG in photoshop and watch anything white turn to a nasty grey; whereas a RAW image such as a Canon CR2 or a Nikon's NEF will hold out as it captures more information.
I did then add a small vignette to again focus the eye to the centre and then also added a brush adjustment to the sun to raise the exposure there as it wasn't as bright as I'd have liked. I think the image has slightly started to degrade on the sun's area where i've raised the exposure but you need to really look at it to see any problem.