Review Everything

Wildcats Student Center
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Normally on a Thursday I pick my daughter up from college around 5pm. This works out good for me since I generally get out of work at 4pm and then I have a little time if there are any errands I need to run or if I have something I want to go photograph. Last night she texted me she was going out with her friends for a little while and I had until 5:30pm before she needed to be picked up.

We had a snow/rain mixture going through our area which at the time I was leaving work had paused. I had some wonderful clouds moving around and the sun was getting ready to set. I headed over to the SUNY Poly campus to grab some dusk images of the buildings. I was very excited about this image of the Student Center.

The dark blue sky contrasted nicely with the grass and also with the lights from the building. I found a small puddle to get some reflections and add a nice visual element to my composition. I setup the camera to capture a three exposure bracket and fired away. A quick look at one of the images had me already thinking about how I was going to process the image so I packed up everything and headed back to the car.

I really like the image, except for the lens flare! Gggrrr! I didn’t review the whole image before I packed everything away. Now that lens flare is all I can see when I look at the image. Maybe I’ll be able to ‘hide’ it with my post processing skills.

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Wildcats Original

Wildcats Student Center – Original
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {4, 10 & 25s bracket}, 12mm, f/ll, ISO 200

The dreaded lens flare up close! As you can probably tell by the tone of this post… my skills were not adequate to the task.

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Lens Flare

Wildcats Student Center – Lens Flare
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {4, 10 & 25s bracket}, 12mm, f/ll, ISO 200

In order to remove that visual distraction from my image I changed the crop to 1×1. Still a nice picture but not the one I had in my head as I was on the campus capturing images. This version of the image does not have the same impact for me as the top image.

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Wildcats Student Center

Wildcats Student Center
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {4, 10 & 25s bracket}, 12mm, f/ll, ISO 200

This reinforced a practice I seem to always forget when I get excited about a particular image. Review more closely to ensure you have everything you need to create the image you are so excited about. I have to remind myself of this more often than I should.

I still had a great time running around the campus, tripod and camera in tow, grabbing images of the buildings. It was a good night!

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5 responses to “Review Everything

  1. OK…so I didn’t even notice the lens flare in the first photo (which I like the best of all of them, love the entire building, love the reflection, love you caught the ‘blue’ hour.) until you brought it up..and then I couldn’t find it until you showed it to me in the 2nd image. Of course I’m not a professional…and frankly didn’t know there was a name for the phenomenon. Nor do I know what to do if I saw it in one of my images…how to avoid it. So maybe you could expand on lens flare in comments or in a separate post?

  2. I didn’t notice the lens flare, either, until you pointed it out. And some folks strive for it. It’s a gorgeous shot, even with the lens flare. Think of it as a flying saucer or a meteor or a ghost in the tree. 🙂

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