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!!!
Be imaginative and go for the unusual shot. After all, thats 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 months 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 Winners Gallery.
I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this assignment!
Sun 10-Aug-14 06:19 PM | edited Sun 10-Aug-14 06:20 PM by Dubes
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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