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Massive Lens Flare w/ Lee Filters?

 
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May 15, 2014 12:16 |  #1

I'll start off by saying I'm new to using the filters, so it could just be a simple error, or something I'm doing wrong, but does anyone have issues with massive lens flare?

When I visited Big Sur a few weeks ago I was messing with the Big Stopper in attempt to smooth out the ocean and what not around some rocks, but every photo seemed to come out with massive lens flare and reflections. The sun was in front of me, but more above than anything, which I didn't think would cause the issue, but maybe it did.

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However when I went camping I attempted to smooth out the lake I was camping by, and again I had massive lens flare. The only issue this time with me was that the sun was behind me, which I didn't think would be an issue.

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Am I doing something wrong? Am I shooting at the wrong time of the day? Is there some sort of trick that I haven't read about with filters? Just a bit confused at why this is happening so much with the sun not directly in front of me.

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May 15, 2014 12:19 |  #2

There appears to be spots on your filter from sea spray or something. Flare will show on any imperfection in the surface, and having the sun low will make it worse.




  
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May 15, 2014 12:33 |  #3

The would explain a lot actually, didn't even think of that.



  
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May 15, 2014 13:36 |  #4

In addition to the above - make sure you've got the BS in the first filter slot, and cover the viewfinder. You don't want any stray light getting in there.

HERE is some great info on using a big stopper.

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May 15, 2014 17:51 |  #5

Didn't realize light through the viewfinder can affect it. What do you use to cover it?



  
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May 15, 2014 18:32 |  #6

A microfibre cloth draped over the back of the camera or the little rubber piece that comes on the OEM strap.


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May 15, 2014 18:34 |  #7

Great, I'll give that a try. Thanks.



  
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May 17, 2014 09:47 |  #8

Yeah make sure you are using the filter slot closest to the lens and make sure the foam side is pointed towards the lens as well.


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May 17, 2014 15:46 |  #9

I have been doing that correctly, so it must be the viewfinder/sea water or anything on the filter that I might not have cleaned off.



  
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