Flare for the city

For today’s shots we head back to New York City for a little bit of flare!  These are shots that I took a few days apart while in the city a few weeks back and you can see how beautiful the weather was, in stark contrast to the shots that I posted of Central Park last week.  The first image above is from the pier in Hoboken, on my walk to the PATH on Monday morning after the rain.  There was this huge puddle that captured the reflection of the flare perfectly!  I originally had cloned the jogger out of the frame, but ended up putting her bag in, as I thought it added a nice human element to the scene.

The next one is from around Battery Park.  The first thing I’ll say, is that the halos you can see were not present on my screen at home.  Not quite sure what happened, but I’ll fix it later!  Now, I really liked this scene because it had so many different elements in it.  You have an impressive New York building in the background, the cherry blossoms on the tree, the corer food vendor and of course, the sun flare!

A quick word about sun flares.  I currently have a tutorial on them and I’m sure that most people do know how to capture them, but I just thought that I’d give a quick run down for those who don’t.  The best way to capture those distinct sun flares is to go with the smallest aperture (largest f/) that your camera has, which is typically around f/22.  It will also greatly depend on the lens.  For instance, I find that I get more crisp, pointed flares with my 16-35 f4 than I did with the 24-70 f2.8 that I rented for a my trip (and with which both of these were shot with).

Anyways, you have your smallest aperture, you’ve pointed your camera at the sun and you start to shoot your brackets.  Hold one just one second.  One more thing.  I also recommend having your middle exposure be +1 EV.  Since your camera will more than likely take a weighted meter of the scene (unless you change it to spot metering) you will more than likely not have a bright enough highest exposure to capture the details in the shadows.  The sun will be fine, but the darker areas will not be.  I also recommend 7 bracketed shots, not the usual 3 or 5. Now you’re ready to shoot!  After than, just process as normal, and make sure you leave some time to clone out all those dust spots that the small aperture will bring out!

Thanks for stopping by today folks.  See you all tomorrow!


  • Rich McPeek - May 9, 2012 - 6:53 am

    Terrific shots Dave! Love the flares and reflection in the first one! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Len Saltiel - May 9, 2012 - 6:54 am

    Beautifully captured dave. That first one is terrific with the lines of the fence and the reflection of the sun. Cool shot.ReplyCancel

  • Curt Fleenor - May 9, 2012 - 7:54 am

    Awesome shots Dave! I’m always amazed by your crisp sunbursts and really like the reflection in the first shot today. I often get pronounced halos when I export an image to jpeg that aren’t present in the original, maybe it has to do with the compression (?).ReplyCancel

  • Mark - May 9, 2012 - 8:06 am

    Great shots and great site, thanksReplyCancel

  • A.Barlow - May 9, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Nice couple shots man. That city line looks so cool. Love the flare also.ReplyCancel

  • Rick Louie - May 9, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    I really need to make it to the NJ side to capture some shots. Nice sunflares!ReplyCancel

  • Edith Levy - May 9, 2012 - 11:44 pm

    Great shots Dave. Glad to see you got some nice weather when you were in NYC. I love the pier shot. It has some great elements, the view of the city, the jogger and reflections in the water. Excellent.ReplyCancel

  • Navin Harish - May 10, 2012 - 2:10 am

    Love the reflection shotReplyCancel

  • Chantal - May 10, 2012 - 4:39 am

    Tha flare of sunlight makes the photoReplyCancel

  • Adam Allegro - May 10, 2012 - 4:53 am

    That second shot is awesome! Something abou the color combination is a treat for my eyes Dave! Nice work.ReplyCancel

  • Jimi Jones - May 10, 2012 - 6:53 am

    These are great, Dave. Love the lines and sidewalk patter in that first shot. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jim Nix - May 14, 2012 - 8:56 am

    cool shots Dave!!ReplyCancel

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