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.
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.
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.
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!