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Old 10-13-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Hello all. I take pictures just because I like to. Very relaxing, calming. Sometimes I see things and can just picture it in a photo. I see different angles and like them. Pictures make me happy.

So.. I am no expert, at all. So, I wanted to start a help thread of sorts.

This is a picture I took in New York of a grape field. There were about four that came out like this.

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr274/pikantari/sunsetonthegrapes3.jpg (broken link)

My question is this: When photographing sunsets, how do I get around that little red dot you see in the picture?

TIA

Robyn
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:25 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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What you have there is lens flare. It's caused by reflections off the lens elements inside the camera as a result of shooting directly into the sun. Basically, you overloaded your camera. Aside from introducing flare, you "blew out" the sunny area, which means the pixels are all saturated, and you've lost details.

Lens flare isn't always objectionable and can sometimes add an artistic touch to the photo. You could always edit it out if you don't like it. The only way you can eliminate it is to reduce the amount of direct sunlight next time. Either you'll want to shoot though haze, or partially obscure the sun using clouds, mountains, trees, or what have you. You'll get more pleasing details in the shot as well.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Thank you...

There was no blocking out that sun, as far as I can recall, and it was my only time in front of that grape field...

I suppose it came out ok enough...
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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The amount of lens flare you get will largely depend on the characteristics of each individual lens - design, quality, etc. On a dSLR you could always try out different lenses, but since this isn't possible on the Kodak V1003, you'll just need to experiment on different ways to minimize it up front, and how to remove unawanted effects in post processing. You can also try some of the different shooting modes programmed into your camera.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Thanks moose whisperer... I have been messing around with those things here the past few days. My bf has a canon power shoot.. something like that, aks me why I don't use his. I think I am afraid of it, but may just give it a try.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Buffalo :-)
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Pikantari, I'm not a pro either, from my own "trial & error" another good suggestion (since you said there wasn't anything available to block the sun) might be is to let the sun set a little more. HTH
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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If your camera can take a filter, see if a polarizing or UV filter will reduce the flare.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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My question is this: When photographing sunsets, how do I get around that little red dot you see in the picture?

TIA

Robyn
A lens hood should take care of that. If you shoot with a DSLR you should be able to purchase a lens hood for your favorite lenses. This should help cut back on that glare/reflection.
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:37 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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OMG all of these things are like a foreign language to me. I need a photog class! I had actually thought of that...
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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A class would be helpful but not a necessity. I have never taken a photog class in my life, I am as about an amateur as you can get. I just practice practice practice and take advice from the folks here.

Im much better now than I was a few months ago. Thanks to reading mags, websites, practice and listening to everyones advice here.
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