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10-09-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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Weird flare

So, does anyone have an idea of what could have happened here to create this weird flare?



The pic was taken through a window, no filter on the lens.

10-09-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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Ha, interesting. It could be that the display signs are all polarized in the same direction or that they interact with the window (the window might have coatings to prevent too much of a greenhouse effect)
Edit: It would actually be a great effect if all the light smudges were parallel or convergent. It might be possible to make an interesting shot using this effect. Call it "Energy city"
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The window is a filter -- could easily have caused that.
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It could also be haze on the rear element. I have an old manual 28mm that was showing similar effects until I realized what was going on and cleaned it.

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My guess is just the window too. You only have to hold a sweet wrapper and look through it at a light source and you get the same effect. A poly bag may even do it.
Lots of glass these days have various coatings or laminated etc. They are not as well corrected as your average lens
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I like it, In a Christmas Tree kinda way.
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It is either the window or the lens, with streaks from cleaning only in one direction, that causes flair like this
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Not the lens, I guarantee this
Just to give you another to think about, this other one was taken through the same glass, 20 cm away from the first shoot. I will conclude that the glass is the culprit.

Thanks to all for your ideas.

10-10-2012, 12:46 PM   #9
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keep this in mind it is a useful effect if you want it
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