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06-03-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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Interesting lens flare

Was deliberately testing the camera LCD viewability (?) out in the full sun at different angles when I noticed this on the screen, so shot it.
The sun is almost directly in front of me just above that tree, but look at the interesting lens flare.
Almost like it's captured gamma rays or some energy plasma or something

Image was shot at F8 1/400 iso125 using the 01 standard prime.



06-03-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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Probably scattering by the lens coatings.
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I have noticed my 02 zoom doing this, so I bought a $10 lens shade to lessen its appearance. With the right subject though, this 'plasma burst' could add something special to the image!
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I've noticed strange flare one time on the 03 fisheye .. it actually looked pretty cool like this:


( Canepatch Indian Mound (Avocado Mound) | kayakfari ( kayak .. far .. i ) )

.. turned out to be some some dust or hair on the BACK of the lens!

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QuoteOriginally posted by digital029art Quote
I've noticed strange flare one time on the 03 fisheye .. it actually looked pretty cool like this:


( Canepatch Indian Mound (Avocado Mound) | kayakfari ( kayak .. far .. i ) )

.. turned out to be some some dust or hair on the BACK of the lens!
are you de-fishing your pics? Love that perspective... I saw your blog and it's a great idea!
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QuoteOriginally posted by vagrant10 Quote
are you de-fishing your pics? Love that perspective... I saw your blog and it's a great idea!
Thanks vagrant! i kinda "partially" de-fish them. i prefer it to the "stretched out corners" look of super wides!
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QuoteOriginally posted by sledger Quote
Was deliberately testing the camera LCD viewability (?) out in the full sun at different angles when I noticed this on the screen, so shot it.
The sun is almost directly in front of me just above that tree, but look at the interesting lens flare.
Almost like it's captured gamma rays or some energy plasma or something

Image was shot at F8 1/400 iso125 using the 01 standard prime.
Paranormal Activity : Ghost Bush

Are you using a hood?
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QuoteOriginally posted by digital029art Quote
Thanks vagrant! i kinda "partially" de-fish them. i prefer it to the "stretched out corners" look of super wides!
I am glad to hear a sound advice from someone publishing great pictures -- there are so many people on the Internet touting rectilinear superwides as the ultimate weapon for landscape photography! I always try to avoid doing landscapes with rectilinear superwide lenses because of the ugly corners: if a 21mm eq. lens is not enough, then I use a fisheye. Rectilinear superwides can of course be useful, but they certainly don't deserve to be used, misused and abused like we can witness on all those ridiculous stretched-out corners pictures abounding on the photography forums. A boring, empty landscape becomes a boring, empty landscape with ugly corners when shot with a 12mm eq. lens!

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Are you using a hood?
No hood, didn't really plan to buy one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sledger Quote
No hood, didn't really plan to buy one.
I think they might help. I found this one for Stan, not sure if it worked out though JJC LH-RA40.5 for Pentax MH-RA40.5 Lens Hood [JJC-LH-RA40-5] - CamToolBox
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Yes, I've seen them discussed here. Thing is, I don't like the idea of an inconvenient screw cap or the potential collection of dust inside a hood of this shape which again requires more unscrewing to remove..
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