I took a series of photographs just before sunset, directly into what was a very weak, watery sun - barely made you squint to look at either with the naked eye or through the viewfinder.
To the naked eye, the sun had a light halo surrounding it, diffusion by the atmosphere - which later turned out to be sand & dust being brought over by Hurricane Ophelia.
However, on the exposure, that halo became darker than the surrounding sky rather than lighter.
I'm aware the sun itself is completely blown out, & though overall I think it gives the picture an interesting look I'd just be interested in knowing how it happened.
No post-processing at all, other than defaults applied by NikonView & conversion to jpg for upload here.
D5500 18-300mm f3.5-6.3G - 300mm ISO 100 1/1600 f6.3
I tested other apertures/speeds, but all show the same effect to greater or lesser degree, not related to the aperture itself.