Looking for a flare

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 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.

Nikon D500
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

#BlindPass #sunset #SunFlare #beach #Sanibel-Captiva #Florida #WithMyTamron


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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