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Old Feb 4, 2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Can anyone help with lens flare..?? Took some shots today and when i got home some of the pics had lens flare...What do you suggest i do..Apart from a Polarizer..!!
Do i need to clone out the flare or are there any software programs which will help..??

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Old Feb 4, 2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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A lens hood will help in some cases.
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Old Feb 4, 2007, 12:27 PM   #3
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I had a lens hood on and still got flare!!
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Old Feb 4, 2007, 12:43 PM   #4
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If it can be fixed with a polarizer it isn't lens flare. Post some photos so we know what you are talking about.

You might reduce your chances of lens flare if you remove any glass you have in front of the lens to protect it.

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Old Feb 4, 2007, 12:50 PM   #5
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I have'nt touched this shot as yet..Well resized it for here
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Old Feb 4, 2007, 2:35 PM   #6
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I don't see any lens flare. Lens flare is light from a light source that is within, or just outside the image, that is reflecting off the inside of the lens elements or the lens barrel.

I've attached a photo that I took of my house as it was being built. It was late afternoon, the sun was low in the sky, but I wanted a picture from this angle so I put my finger in the scene to block the sun. It has lens flare all over the place, but is most visible below my finger just to the right of the dormer, and on the black sheeting by the curb.

I think what you've got is glare. That is, overexposed places within the frame. A polarizing filter will help with that.

I might add that, in your shot, I don't think the glare is unattractive.
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In that particular shot the lens can see the sun. You know that because you can see the sun on the side of the nearest goose (I think) along with what appear to be flare artifacts. The best way to avoid that is to get a rectangular lens hood that completely blocks everything except the area of the photo. That is very hard to do with a zoom lens.

It is best to not dump the EXIF for this type of discussion.

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In the 1stGoose about halfway between neck and tail theres a beige spot of some sort which i thought was some sort of flare as it isn't on all pics...
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Hi Slipe, This iExif problem has happened before when i upload it on to my PC through Picasa 2 which i'll uninstall as i don't really like it....Thanks anyway!!
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I ran some shadow/highlight and I don't think there is any question you are seeing the sun on the side of the swan, along with some significant flare artifacts in much of the photo. Your particular lens doesn't seem to handle having the sun directly on it very well.

You could shade the lens with your hand. Check the viewfinder and get your hand just out of the field of view.

A polarizer would change the reflections on the water, but I don't think that is the cause of the flare considering the round sun on the side of the swan. I agree the photo wouldn't necessarily be better with the reflected glare removed.

You didn't say whether you had a filter attached.

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