Not sure if these were planned or impromptu, but you could use a handheld diffuser, maybe, to soften the light. I made a ~2'x3' out of pvc pipe and white rip-stop nylon. Small and relatively portable. I made it specifically for this kind of purpose but also use it in front of other kinds of lights as well.Transmit said:... The photos were taken in very bright, direct New Mexico sun, no fill flash was used, so there are some harsh highlights - not easy to shoot in such intense sun but I think the camera handled it relatively well under the circumstances..