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Lens Flares At The Cemetery

Posted by: Bradford Martin on 06/19/2013 - 10:11 AM

Reshoot another day or live with the lens flares?
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Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/19/2013 - 10:15 AM

"I" think the lens flare works in this image - but nothing wrong with going back - then you can compare. But this is like a light coming down from above - sort of a "blessing".


Posted by: Janine Riley on 06/19/2013 - 10:19 AM

IDK Bradford...... just might make it a little more interesting.
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Posted by: Digital Photographic Arts on 06/19/2013 - 10:22 AM

What Roy says about light from above. Actually it looks like the light beam is some sort of laser cutting device, and it is carving the front of the stone, especially in the top image. However, you might be able to reduce the flare almost to the point of invisibility in photoshop


Posted by: Rich Franco on 06/19/2013 - 10:58 AM


How did this happen!!!??? What I learned from shooting large format,mostly, which don't come with lens hoods for the lenses, is always be aware of the sun's angle and wear big hats!!! I always use my hat/cap to shield the sun. Just look through the viewfinder and you'll see it there and then it's not there. Of course, over the years, I've got some good photos of my hat!

If you can do this in Photoshop, then good, but I think it's would be easier to reshoot,


Posted by: JC Findley on 06/19/2013 - 11:04 AM

Images with noise and lens flair never sell, really, "trust me" on this ;o)

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Posted by: JC Findley on 06/19/2013 - 11:05 AM

Oh, as a famous stock guy, it might help to think in terms of art where technical "mistakes" can actually work well at times.

(I think it does here BTW)


Posted by: Louise Reeves on 06/19/2013 - 11:10 AM

I agree with JC, it works for this and I wouldn't remove it


Posted by: Sonja Quintero on 06/19/2013 - 11:38 AM

yeah, what everyone else said! I like it too :)


Posted by: Louise Reeves on 06/19/2013 - 11:41 AM

Most times we would toss a photo that got lens flare or sun spots, but in yours and in the image below, we can use that "mistake" to our advantage.

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Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 06/19/2013 - 11:57 AM

I'm a big fan of lens flare, in most cases, and am not above digitally creating it when I don't capture it naturally.

Keep it! :-)


Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 06/19/2013 - 12:00 PM

I'm also not a big fan of lens flare but in this case it almost works. Maybe creatively expand it in Photoshop to enhance the effect.


Posted by: Chaline Ouellet on 06/19/2013 - 12:13 PM

It works!


Posted by: Bradford Martin on 06/19/2013 - 12:20 PM

I'll go back later in the year when the light will be different. I visit that cemetery a few times a year. I just added this little memorial section to my shoot list. I often go back to the same places graves and see how it works in different light. I didn't see the lens flare at first. The morning sun broke through the clouds and I was not looking carefully in the viewfinder as I was low to the ground. I got up and "chimped" and saw the beam of light had landed perfectly on the stone. So I shot some more instead of using my hat as a shade as Rich suggested. The afternoon sun will give a new take on it but I will wait until Fall when the sun is lower in the sky at the 5:00 closing hour. I do like the photos that JC and Louise posted. Nice psychedelic effect on the VW.
Thanks for looking and show me some more flares that seem to fit.


Posted by: Louise Reeves on 06/19/2013 - 12:23 PM

It's not a VW-it's a modified hot rod. But thanks :D


Posted by: Dan Turner on 06/19/2013 - 1:39 PM

They rebuilt the entire Star Trek movie franchise on lens flare. Keep it in.

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Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/19/2013 - 2:18 PM


Posted by: Louise Reeves on 06/19/2013 - 2:28 PM

I try not to use a fake flare as it looks...well, fake. Some things just can not be successfully mimicked.


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/19/2013 - 2:36 PM



Posted by: Lori Lovetere on 06/19/2013 - 2:41 PM

I Love it!! Adds something heavenly to the image. Just my thoughts. :) L


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 06/19/2013 - 2:44 PM

I would not throw it away, but I would still (given the opportunity), get more shots of the subject. We usually can do better the more we try and depending on conditions, and composition, get many "different" and interesting "takes" of a subject. When all is said and done, select the best of the bunch and if they're different enough from each other but still worthy, select more than one if you so desire.

Sometimes you get a "happy accident", but more times then not, you get a "happy idea" from an accident. Then you can re-shoot the subject with the new idea in mind and have better control over the outcome. If the idea is good but you can't get back to re-shoot the subject, don't reject the idea of simulating the "effect" through processing. You still have the option to select or not depending on results.

Most inventions happen accidentally, and most good inventions are simply improvements on the original idea. - Brian Wallace


Posted by: Rich Franco on 06/19/2013 - 4:07 PM

This maybe the only one I have with any lens flare,which I like in this image, should have created more!

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Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 06/19/2013 - 6:02 PM

I kind of like the flare but to me it looks more like a bolt of lightning rather than the warm glow of heavenly light.


Posted by: Rich Franco on 06/19/2013 - 7:01 PM

try this again!

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Posted by: Gregory Scott on 06/19/2013 - 7:26 PM

I love it. Genuine optical effects can be far better than Photoshopped imitations.
This is an obvious big seller, and you only need to identify correctly the rare paranormal phenomenon you have fortuitously photographed!

Obviously, it's not an orb, nor a rod, nor an aura, nor a black monolith, nor an alien, nor eldritch energy. It's not specular enough for fairy dust. It doesn't look like most of the transdimensional beings or shadow people that I have (not) seen. It is visually similar to an alien UFO's tractor beam, perhaps... It could be divine radiant glory, perhaps, as someone suggested already. If you can't come up with the right terminology, then be creative, and make it up! You can be the first, and go viral! (Seriously, consider these keyword ideas!) Listening to old Art Bell Shows could supply endless hilarity and potentially profitable proliferation of keywords.
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Posted by: John Crothers on 06/19/2013 - 7:46 PM

never mind


Posted by: Bradford Martin on 06/19/2013 - 8:06 PM

I was just going to put lens flare in the description. "Ray of light was due to sunlight striking lens and was serendipitous." Gregory, nice blue moon!


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 06/19/2013 - 8:15 PM

My work is all about 'fake'. I often make an effort to make it look even more fake - I rarely chase realism. ;-)

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Posted by: Gregory Scott on 06/19/2013 - 8:32 PM

You are one of the best fakers here, Wendy, perhaps because you don't slavishly attempt to simulate realism. Ms. Liberty looks a little grim. Maybe she's PO'd about recent news we cannot really discuss much.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 06/19/2013 - 8:50 PM

Thanks, Gregory, there is solid truth in fakery . . . somewhere! :-)

The goddess is grim, indeed, with a face only a mother could love. I won't be at all surprised when she decides to smite all of Texas with a single blow!


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