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Old Jan 15, 2012, 9:03 PM   #1
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I use a canon 40D. Taking lowlight photos with no flash. The flames repeat above the subject. Is this "operator error?" or Is this a problem with my camera. Thanks for any advice.
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Old Jan 16, 2012, 6:07 AM   #2
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what actually is above her or behind there is also a glass to left
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It's a form of lens flare.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%2...2011_-1-19.jpg
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G'day Marg

TC has it on-the-button

Lens flare is very noticable where lots of the main subject is darker then the rest, and 'somewhere' in the image is a very bright bit of light. Almost every lens will display flare under some conditions

Some things that can help-
1- remove the UV filter if you have one [put it back later]
2- move the camera further away from the candles & use more zoom to bring the image back to the same size [uses different parts of the zoom lens and will probably give better image]
3- try to bring the candles more into the centre of the image by pointing the camera more towards the candles, and later on, crop the image to put the candles at the lower edge of the photo [bit cumbersome but it works sometimes]

Hope this helps a bit
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The advantage of this kind of lens flare is that it's often visible in the viewfinder, but you need to know to look for it. I've seen instances where it only showed up after a very long shutter speed, but at 1/125, you might have had a hint of it before you took the shot.

Now that you know your 50/1.8 can do that, you can be on the lookout for it under similar circumstances.
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BTW, is that candles on a birthday lasagna?
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It's a cake with strawberry topping on top. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I do have a filter on my lens. Our next birthday party is in April . . . so I'll give your suggestions a try then!

Thank You. I really appreciate the forum.
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You don't need to wait until April to photograph an off-center candle in a dark room.
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You're right about that! I'll give it a try. :-)
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Well, I can't seem to get my filter off. . . . I've had it on for a long time. :-(
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