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"August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"


Barrington, US
          

Please read the Rules and Objectives before you submit a photo for this Assignment.

The August Assignment is “Lens Flare”.

Lens flare is often considered a photo flaw. However, if done properly or used creatively, it can enhance an image. Flare is created by light shot directly into your lens from its source - often the sun. Without care, flare can wash out your image. Research lens flare, find out how to use it creatively, and then share your images with us.

There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) MUST BE TAKEN DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, 2014. I have noticed that some have used archived photos to satisfy an assignment (i.e. photos NOT taken during the month of the assignment). Using images taken prior to August, 2014, is NOT PERMITTED and will be deleted. Please honor the rules of the assignment.

As always, I emphasize “artistic”. Strive to be different; let your artistic juices flow when composing your image. Is the image you post for this assignment one you would be willing to frame and hang on your wall?? Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the assignment, and creativity just to name a few.

Also, over the course of the month, you may post no more than four (4) images. I want you to be discriminating in the selection of images you post for this assignment – PLEASE POST ONLY YOUR BEST SHOTS!!!

Also, please:

• Be imaginative and go for the unusual shot. After all, that’s what makes this fun!!!
• Do not use a shot in your archive – the whole point of this exercise is that it is an assignment.
• Submit only artistic shots. Naturally, we want to see your very best work with regard to subject matter and composition - translation – snapshots are not permitted.
• Include shooting data, and ideally, please include your thinking behind the scene – what were you trying/hoping to capture, and did you succeed?

As discussed here, the top five images will be selected by the previous month’s winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image with be added to our new Monthly Challenge Winner’s Gallery.

I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this assignment!

Good luck!!!

Rob

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Reply message August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare
Dubes Silver Member
10th Aug 2014
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Reply message RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare
birdied Silver Member
14th Aug 2014
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Reply message Steeple and Flare
domer2760 Silver Member
16th Aug 2014
3
Reply message Feather Boy
tekneektom Gold Member
17th Aug 2014
4
Reply message RE: Feather Boy
domer2760 Silver Member
18th Aug 2014
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     Reply message RE: Feather Boy
tekneektom Gold Member
18th Aug 2014
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Reply message GoldenGardenThistles
jimray Silver Member
19th Aug 2014
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Reply message RE: GoldenGardenThistles
tfeazel Silver Member
01st Sep 2014
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Reply message Sunrise at Golden Garden Park
jimray Silver Member
19th Aug 2014
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Reply message Sunset Flare
skibreeze7 Gold Member
21st Aug 2014
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Reply message Calm Night in Millpond
skibreeze7 Gold Member
21st Aug 2014
10
Reply message Under the Lights
shipsupt Platinum Member
24th Aug 2014
11
Reply message Evening at the Fair
ron917 Silver Member
26th Aug 2014
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Reply message Supermoon at the party
etnw Silver Member
29th Aug 2014
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Reply message RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare
dradford Gold Member
01st Sep 2014
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Reply message RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare
etnw Silver Member
01st Sep 2014
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dradford Gold Member
02nd Sep 2014
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Reply message Flare at the Cathedral
etnw Silver Member
01st Sep 2014
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Reply message RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare
tfeazel Silver Member
01st Sep 2014
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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Sun 10-Aug-14 07:19 PM
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#1. "August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"
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Sun 10-Aug-14 07:20 PM by Dubes

Mississauga, CA
          

After having read about the assignment, while I was cleaning the pool, noticed a lot of specular highlights around a leaf that was floating on the surface. Tried some images with my Micro-Nikkor 105mm, but I think the coating quality on this lens prevented a lot of flare. Mounted the 50mm f/1.8D and got the results I was expecting.

Flare is very subtle, although occurs multiple times. Not sure about the composition.

D800 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens
f/11, 1/800sec, ISO320. Post in Capture NX + Photoshop CC - Google/Nik ColorEfex Tonal Contrast applied.






By the way "Rules & Objectives" at top of page appears to be a broken link.

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birdied Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Thu 14-Aug-14 04:21 AM
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#2. "RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"
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Destrehan, US
          

Very nice shot. Love the colors and the composition works nicely. Well seen and executed.

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domer2760 Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his frequent assistance to other members by sharing his perspective, skills and expertise, especially with infrared and macro photography. Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2010Sat 16-Aug-14 03:13 AM
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#3. "Steeple and Flare"
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Ann Arbor, US
          

Stopped after work today to take this one. This is the steeple at Adoration Chapel on the grounds of Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan.

This is a color infrared photo with channel swap to produce the blue sky. Lens flare is a common occurrence with IR photography and I usually take great pains to keep it from happening. It was nice to embrace the flare.

D90 (standard 720nm conversion), 105mm f/2.8 VR, no lens shade, f/4, 1/4000 sec, ISO 200, handheld. Used Matrix metering for this one to capture the shadow detail and sky.


Dan
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tekneektom Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011Sun 17-Aug-14 10:50 PM
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#4. "Feather Boy"
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Land O Lakes, US
          

D800, Nikkor 50mm 1.8D, ISO 100, f/22, 1/160 sec.




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domer2760 Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his frequent assistance to other members by sharing his perspective, skills and expertise, especially with infrared and macro photography. Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2010Mon 18-Aug-14 03:25 AM
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#5. "RE: Feather Boy"
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Ann Arbor, US
          

Nice one Tom. Taken by a proud Grandpa?

Dan
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tekneektom Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011Mon 18-Aug-14 03:30 AM
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#6. "RE: Feather Boy"
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Land O Lakes, US
          

Absolutely! When the grandkids visit I have great models.

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jimray Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jul 2009Tue 19-Aug-14 09:46 PM
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#7. "GoldenGardenThistles"
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Springfield, US
          

I decided to bring out my very old (1986?) Nikkor 70-210 which we bought with our first SLR, an N2020 with the notion it might be easier to produce lens flare with it. I have been a bit surprised at how well this lens performs.
D90, Nikkor 70-210 @170, f40, 1/1000, ISO 500


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tfeazel Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2004Mon 01-Sep-14 07:54 PM
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#17. "RE: GoldenGardenThistles"
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Polk City, US
          

Good shot, well composed.

We have all, myself included, been brainwashed. Through the ministrations of the willing press, advertisers, and our inherent attitudes, developed the "latest IS greatest" mentality.

Some of the old stuff is really, really good.

I have a 40+ year old 50mm f1.4 that is still an absolute top performer. I also have a lot of other old lenses that I still use.

Nikon lenses have been very good for a very long time, and newer isn't necessarily better.

The disposable nature of the cascade of camera bodies trained us to be looking constantly for the new and "better" in photography. Camera bodies are reaching (have reached) the tipping point also.

Don't apologize for old, good glass.

Tom

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jimray Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jul 2009Tue 19-Aug-14 09:49 PM
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#8. "Sunrise at Golden Garden Park"
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Springfield, US
          

D90, Nikkor 70-210@70, f20, 1/640, ISO 200


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#9. "Sunset Flare"
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Astoria, US
          

Nikon D800, F/16, 1/15 sec, ISO 100, 16-35VR @ 28mm








Darryl
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#10. "Calm Night in Millpond"
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Thu 21-Aug-14 04:06 AM by skibreeze7

Astoria, US
          

Nikon D800, F/16, 2 minutes, 15 seconds, ISO 100, 16-35VR @ 35mm







Darryl
Northern Oregon Coast

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#11. "Under the Lights"
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GB
          

I've struggled all month to successfully capture a shot with lens flare that I liked. Friday night I was shooting for a local rugby club under the lights and I was sure I'd have a chance at capturing something.

D4, 300mm f/2.8, ISO 12800, 1/500 sec at f/2.8, Handheld

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#12. "Evening at the Fair"
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Tue 26-Aug-14 03:04 AM by ron917

Andover, NJ, US
          

Image taken at the 2014 NJ State Fair & Sussex County Farm and Horse Show just after sunset on August 4. The old "nifty fifty" makes some nice stars.

D600, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, handheld
Post processing in Adobe Lightroom 5.6



Best regards,
-Ron

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etnw Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Apr 2014Fri 29-Aug-14 06:59 AM
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#13. "Supermoon at the party"
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DE
          

That day (Aug 10, 2014) the Supermoon was among the wedding guests.



Df + 85mm 1.8D, 1/30s f/2.8, post in Capture 1 and Analog Efex.

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dradford Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jul 2013Mon 01-Sep-14 04:13 PM
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#14. "RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"
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Mon 01-Sep-14 04:16 PM by dradford

Belleville, CA
          

I know it is technically Sept 1st but I took this picture last night and then watched a movie with my wife so did not get around to processing it until today. I hope I am not too late.

I found this little guy while on a walk with my wife. I managed to get within about 18 inches of him for this shot. He obviously enjoyed the camera as he was very cooperative and held absolutely still for me. He didn't even blink when the flash went off.


D90, NIkkor 35mm f/2, f/8 for 2 seconds


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etnw Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Apr 2014Mon 01-Sep-14 07:09 PM
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#16. "RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"
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DE
          

Daryl, this is an incredible shot! Did you use any kind of filter or does the 35mm f/2 produce such a star shape on its own?

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dradford Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jul 2013Tue 02-Sep-14 01:22 AM
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#20. "RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"
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Belleville, CA
          

Thanks for the comment Etienne. The 35mm f/2 did the star burst and hexagon flare on all it's own. I don't know enough about filters to even consider using one yet. I was very pleased with how well it turned out.


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etnw Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Apr 2014Mon 01-Sep-14 07:06 PM
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#15. "Flare at the Cathedral"
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DE
          

Hello Everyone,

dunno whether multiple submissions are at all permitted (if not, please ignore this post!)
Destiny has put me in a very "flary" situation on the last day of the month. We visited
Strasbourg for a few days and enjoyed a light show at the cathedral.
I had my 85mm 1.8D with me, this is when I truly realized the incredible "flair" (pun intended)
of this lens.

All shots have been done at ISO 6400 - 8000 handheld. That Df is really amazing.
Anyway, enjoy







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tfeazel Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2004Mon 01-Sep-14 09:35 PM
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#18. "RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"
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Mon 01-Sep-14 10:09 PM by tfeazel

Polk City, US
          

Kennedy Space Center
Shuttle Atlantis
Nikon D700- Nikkor 18-35, 24mm, 1/40, f4, ISO 9000, -0.7 step


Had problems uploading. Next image is the only one I had time to upload.

Tom

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tfeazel Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2004Mon 01-Sep-14 09:41 PM
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#19. "RE: August, 2014 Assignment - Lens Flare"
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Mon 01-Sep-14 10:12 PM by tfeazel

Polk City, US
          

Kennedy Space Center
Shuttle Atlantis
Nikon D700- Nikkor 18-35, 24mm, 1/40, f4, ISO 9000, -0.7 step

Lightroom was used to resize the image. I adjusted some of the image, but the original is better. This is the NEF as taken.


Tom

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