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08/29/2011 07:48:56 PM · #1
I shot a photo a few years ago and the effect it had from the lens flare was great, it was of course entirely accidental!
Sooooo...Any tips?
08/30/2011 08:31:31 AM · #2
Wonder what other,s think ?
"natural lens flare" in my view the natural refers to the flare and not the light source,in other words a light bulb is not natural but the flare caused by it will be.
As opposed to Photoshop flare.
Is that the general way you chickies are seeing this ?
08/30/2011 08:36:58 AM · #3
We were having a discussion on whether a star shape was lens flare or if the circles of light are needed.
08/30/2011 08:59:51 AM · #4
Originally posted by Tiny:

Wonder what other,s think ?
"natural lens flare" in my view the natural refers to the flare and not the light source,in other words a light bulb is not natural but the flare caused by it will be.
As opposed to Photoshop flare.
Is that the general way you chickies are seeing this ?


That's exactly my thought. No photoshop flares (which is illegal in advanced anyway).
08/30/2011 09:01:08 AM · #5
Originally posted by Hipychik:

We were having a discussion on whether a star shape was lens flare or if the circles of light are needed.


The star shape is a "burst" (e.g. star burst or sun burst). Lens flare is the circles of light. If your image only has the former, then it DNMC.
08/30/2011 09:22:14 AM · #6
In our tourist town, I constantly see people with DSLRs and lenses without the lens hood in place. I didn't understand this, until today. And, most of these people forget about keeping the sun on the back of their shoulders. They have no fear of shooting directly into the sun, or at least they do not fear direct sun rays hitting the front element of their lenses. Now I know they are intentionally trying to generate lens flares in their images. Wow, it's a great creativity technique! I guess those multiple circles of color really do represent added elements of interest. I've been wrong to assume those flares were fatal flaws. Live and learn!
08/30/2011 11:20:29 AM · #7
Originally posted by giantmike:

Originally posted by Hipychik:

We were having a discussion on whether a star shape was lens flare or if the circles of light are needed.


The star shape is a "burst" (e.g. star burst or sun burst). Lens flare is the circles of light. If your image only has the former, then it DNMC.


I agree and not to confuse circles of light with circles of confusion, which is a product of shallow dof/bokeh effect. Lens flare is the product of a strong light source hitting the lens system forming rings of light and or artifacts along its path. The rings and artifacts appear to be in rows.
08/30/2011 03:14:16 PM · #8
What do you think is the best apature for lense flare, if DOF is too shallow would it not blurr down the flair? AND I can't find anywhere on the net whether you should set your light reading to the subject or expose for the sky??? Just went out and dinked around, but alas cloudy overcast NO direct sun... shooting up at the top of a tree where the noon sun was (behind a cloud) exposing for the sky, alls I got was over exposed... F:8 iso 200 shutter speed 4000
08/30/2011 03:17:43 PM · #9
I saw something that mentioned using manual mode and lighting for the subject, NOT the sky and using a fill flash if necessary. You can still get lens flare without having the light source directly in the shot.
08/30/2011 03:40:41 PM · #10
YouTube short satire of J.J. Abram's style called "Lens Flare" some nice examples in a funny bit.
08/30/2011 04:04:15 PM · #11
*sigh*

400 pictures later -- only 2 with lens flare -- and they're nothing to write home about. I tried multiple lenses and tried multiple settings. *sigh*
08/30/2011 04:12:07 PM · #12
Originally posted by vawendy:

*sigh*

400 pictures later -- only 2 with lens flare -- and they're nothing to write home about. I tried multiple lenses and tried multiple settings. *sigh*


Can you not see the lens flare while taking the picture? I always can while I am looking through the viewfinder. It really shouldn't be a hit or miss.
My 50mm 1.4 is a pro at capturing lens flare, usually to my annoyance
08/30/2011 04:23:23 PM · #13
Originally posted by Fiora:

Originally posted by vawendy:

*sigh*

400 pictures later -- only 2 with lens flare -- and they're nothing to write home about. I tried multiple lenses and tried multiple settings. *sigh*


Can you not see the lens flare while taking the picture? I always can while I am looking through the viewfinder. It really shouldn't be a hit or miss.
My 50mm 1.4 is a pro at capturing lens flare, usually to my annoyance


This is good advice, if you can't see it in the viewfinder, you won't see it in the picture.
08/30/2011 04:26:20 PM · #14
Originally posted by Fiora:

Originally posted by vawendy:

*sigh*

400 pictures later -- only 2 with lens flare -- and they're nothing to write home about. I tried multiple lenses and tried multiple settings. *sigh*


Can you not see the lens flare while taking the picture? I always can while I am looking through the viewfinder. It really shouldn't be a hit or miss.
My 50mm 1.4 is a pro at capturing lens flare, usually to my annoyance


Nope. Couldn't see it.

I guess that's why I'm lousy at using lens hoods. I got scolded by bear_music for not using lens hoods. :)
08/30/2011 04:43:28 PM · #15
Originally posted by Fiora:

Originally posted by vawendy:

*sigh*

400 pictures later -- only 2 with lens flare -- and they're nothing to write home about. I tried multiple lenses and tried multiple settings. *sigh*


Can you not see the lens flare while taking the picture? I always can while I am looking through the viewfinder. It really shouldn't be a hit or miss.
My 50mm 1.4 is a pro at capturing lens flare, usually to my annoyance


Hi Flora,

Would you care to share what aperture range your 50mm 1.4 flares at- if you remember? I always have a lens hood on mine so I have never experienced flare with it...
08/30/2011 05:50:38 PM · #16
One thing about lens flare. Take the lens hood off and shoot towards the sun. Make that two things.

Message edited by author 2011-08-30 17:51:08.
08/30/2011 05:53:03 PM · #17
Originally posted by Brent_S:

Originally posted by Fiora:

Originally posted by vawendy:

*sigh*

400 pictures later -- only 2 with lens flare -- and they're nothing to write home about. I tried multiple lenses and tried multiple settings. *sigh*


Can you not see the lens flare while taking the picture? I always can while I am looking through the viewfinder. It really shouldn't be a hit or miss.
My 50mm 1.4 is a pro at capturing lens flare, usually to my annoyance


Hi Flora,

Would you care to share what aperture range your 50mm 1.4 flares at- if you remember? I always have a lens hood on mine so I have never experienced flare with it...


Well, I never have my lens hood on, so that is probably most of it :-P
I am not entirely sure, but my guess would be around 5.6, just because that is my default aperture for taking pictures of most things.
And the sun has to be low lying. It doesn't flare with just overhead bright sunlight.
08/30/2011 06:05:00 PM · #18
Thanks Flora! I'll give it a shot :)
09/02/2011 06:56:45 AM · #19

lens flare

beautiful... you may have to be logged in to see it
09/02/2011 07:29:53 AM · #20
Originally posted by whiteroom:

lens flare

Thanks for sharing, those are wonderful
09/02/2011 11:26:45 AM · #21
Originally posted by whiteroom:

lens flare

beautiful... you may have to be logged in to see it


as per the discussion above, all but the center one with balloons would qualify as lens flare. good inspiration.
09/02/2011 12:03:59 PM · #22
Usually wider angle and cheap older lenses esp zooms are more prone to getting lens flare. Another way to increase your chances is to shoot with a couple of UV filters or a UV and polarizer stacked. Lens flare and ghosting are similar, but not exactly the same. With a true lens flare, you will get several "ghosts" of different diffracted colors due to the lens coatings. You can see it when you look into the front of a lens with a bright light behind you. It also helps make it show up if you have a dark area in the frame on the side opposite the bright light source. Ex;
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09/02/2011 03:45:03 PM · #23
So just out of curiosity, how many will be voting down images that contain starburst/sunflare as not being true flare? Are the vari colored circles of light which you get in a multi element zoom lens the only "true" lens flare? It seems like we are going to be facing an epic number of DNMC.
09/02/2011 03:45:41 PM · #24
"Flare can take many forms, and this may include just one or all of the polygonal shapes, bright streaks, or overall washed out look (veiling flare) shown above." (shown above refers to an image on the page linked below)

from //www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/lens-flare.htm

Message edited by author 2011-09-02 15:46:23.
09/02/2011 03:59:04 PM · #25
durg. gorgeous scene this morning. all i had was a 70-200 L with me. could see the flare through the viewfinder, but alas, nothing in the shot.

durg.

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