I’m no expert on capturing the sun flare effect but I love to see this. In many cases, getting a lens flare is something that photographers try to avoid. Shooting into the sun can often result in reflections off the lens which produce blotches of light that obscure the subject. In this case, I was looking for the flare effect on purpose.
The idea is to capture the sun as it is peeking around another object in the foreground. To get the most pronounced effect, you need to close the apperture down as small as possible (in this case, I had it set for f 22). This also means you will amost certainly need to be on a tripod because you normally will need a longer exposure and you don’t want any shaking of the camera.
My image here was taken along the breakwater on the Captiva side of Blind Pass, which is the divider between Sanibel and Captiva Islands. I like this view of the setting sun but it is often hard to get a shot here without someone sitting on the rocks. I got my chance with nobody in the way and took some shots. One of the advantages of using the small apperture is that I also got a wide depth of field so the rocks, beach and horizon all are in focus.
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/22 – 1/15 sec – ISO 125
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