markisclueless wrote in post #16612494
Problem is I got sun flare in all shots except for when the sun was almost gone and the colours were not as vibrant in these ?
Have a feeling it has to do with use of filters etc (next learning step) ?
Bright sunlight can cause flat contrast, especially if shooting landscapes in the middle of the day when the sun is high. when shooting sunsets or sunrises I always use a graduated ND filter (either soft edge or hard edge). My filters are 3 stop so they cut out 3 stops of light from the sky to allow the foreground to be exposed brighter. They dont help with flare but allow contrast and exposure to be brought back. I have recently purchased a 3 stop reverse grad ND filter which darkens the horizon where the sun is but effects the sky less than the GND but havent had a chance to give it a try yet due to the weather.
Filters can be expensive depending on the brand. Most people start with the cheap ones and after wasting money buying and selling end up with something better like a Lee setup (me included, started with Cokin filters that had a horrible colour cast) If you go down that road expext to pay out the same amount you would for a lens to get the full "kit". I use a big stopper, square CPL, 3 stop hard GND, 3 stop soft GND and a 3 stop reverse GND (Hitech) which adds to over £600