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i want to know how to eliminate the circles from future pics it would have been a great pic had the glare and circles not been there, i had the camera on the sunset setting on the scene position setting, i also tried it on the auto setting still no luck!!!
can any of you experts help a novice??? many thanx
karen x

Brand:FUJIFILM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jan 2012 - 7:16 AM
Focal Length:53.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:64
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:unwanted circles!!!
Username:karenlittle karenlittle
Uploaded:26 May 2012 - 5:14 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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col.campbell
26 May 2012 - 7:50 PM

Lens flare usually occurs when there's a source of light near the edge of your frame. In future try adjusting your position, turning away from it slightly, or zooming in or out. Still a lovely shot.

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banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 8:26 PM

Precisely. Shooting into the Sun causes reflections inside the lens resulting in these circles, called lens flare. Just dont point the camera directly at the Sun and always use a lens hood.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 8:53 PM

This might help you to understand lens flare, Karen, and this EPZ article is interesting, too, and answers your question.
Pamela.

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karenlittle
27 May 2012 - 4:17 PM

thank you all so so much for your help i will have to have a look what a lens hood is??? i am only a novice as i say i just pic a camera up shoot and fingers x!!! but hoping to improve and with all of your help i will Smile
regards to you all karen x

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 9:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hi, these flares are caused by the brighness of the sun which is in the field of view.

im unfamiliar with your camera but it may be a compact or a bridge camera and i dont know how much control you have over settings.

generally speaking the less elements the lens has the better things will be and the more complex a lens contruction is, the more elements you have for light to reflect around on and the worse things will be. you can often help slightly by stopping down to a smaller aperature and if you get small enough say f16 then the flare balls tend to change more into star forms as they become less out of of focus. aslo the shorter the focal length the smaller the flare balls become and the longer the length the larger they become.

the use of a well made lens hood or even shielding the lens with your hand can also make the situation better. in truth its best never to point a digital camera direct at the sun but to turn slightly until its slightly out of frame. its also better to wait until the sun just sinks and isnt so bright.

i wasnt sure if you meant how to lose them at the taking stage, or how to lose them from the finished image so i uploaded a mod .

in the mod, i straighten the horizon, in photoshop - ruler line, image-image rotation-arbitry

then i selected the sky tone from the top of the image with the eye dropper tool and overlaid a grad to lose the sunball.

then and this was done without as much care as i would usually take, i cloned over the central flare ball and the couple on the bottom of frame.

it isnt perfect but shows that given a few minutes and a little patience it could be brought back to a usable image.

hope this helps
Phil

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karenlittle
29 May 2012 - 1:50 AM

thank you phil i did mean how to prevent them happening, i am laughing to myself because some of the things you are talking about are way above my head!! i need courses in photo shop and how to take photo's !! once i'm shown i am ok but sometimes reading about it is like trying to read a foreign language to me!! but i really do appreciate all the help i get Smile
kind regards karen.

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29 May 2012 - 2:18 PM

if i can help further please ask
Phil

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karenlittle
29 May 2012 - 6:09 PM

no dubt i will be asking lol you may soon wish you had never said that hahaha, i am hopefully going to take some more pics of the sunset tonight as it has been a lovely sunny day again here in cumbria.
the weather is supposed to change for us tomorrow and for the rest of the week, typical eh, it's bank holiday!!!!! Sad
thanx karen Smilejavascript:;

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karenlittle
29 May 2012 - 6:09 PM

no dubt i will be asking lol you may soon wish you had never said that hahaha, i am hopefully going to take some more pics of the sunset tonight as it has been a lovely sunny day again here in cumbria.
the weather is supposed to change for us tomorrow and for the rest of the week, typical eh, it's bank holiday!!!!! Sad
thanx karen Smile

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