Pic-A-Day: Sunflare


f/36, 0.6, ISO-200, 55mm

Over at Print-Sense Photography, Sherene is presenting herself with a photographic challenge each day of July, and implied that the rest of us are free to play along with her. While I have no illusions that I can play every day, I thought this might be just the ticket to get myself out of my creative slump and actually give myself a challenge to complete.

Fortunately, the first challenge, Sunflare, was available right outside my back door, and I just happened to get the idea to do it within the correct five minute time span. Any more time setting up and the flare would have been lost behind the leaves. As it was I managed to get off about a half dozen shots, and even then I had to continually make small adjustments to my tripod height. I kind of like the visual alliteration between sunflower and sunflare.

To get proper flare as above, a relatively long exposure time is necessary, and thankfully the night was still. It’s still not a “tack sharp” image but hopefully with it scaled down that’s not too noticeable, and I was pretty pleased to get this close given I had basically no setup time.

Anyway, this is July 1’s challenge, and although this is July 2, the photograph was actually taken on the first, so I’m counting it 🙂

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  1. Print-Sense Photography & Design July 2, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    This is beautiful! I’m so glad you shared your images and decided to join in.

  2. dannykaya July 2, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    My favorite flower!

    • AJBopp July 3, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      I think it’s my new favorite too!

  3. Jim Mayhew July 2, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Fantastic photo, Tony!

    • AJBopp July 3, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Thanks Jim! It’s interesting what you can do with a little inspiration and even less time 🙂

  4. Bella Remy Photography July 3, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Nicely done ! I appreciate your photo comments and was surprised about needing a slower shutter speed. Very cool results!

    • AJBopp July 3, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      Thank you! It kind of feels like the first time in weeks I’ve produced something that I wasn’t ho-hum about.

    • AJBopp July 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      I should also mention, with regards to this long shutter speed thing, that pointing the lens directly at the sun and doing a long shutter speed is a very good way to destroy your camera’s sensor, and I was very lucky I didn’t kill mine by attempting this stunt.

      • Bella Remy Photography July 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

        LOL! You’re absolutely right ! I hadn’t even thought of that ! I think I’ll leave this to the experts.

  5. Diane Maxwell July 3, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Great shot, Tony!

  6. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat July 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    The sunflare goes with the sunflower beautifully. I really like this.

    • AJBopp July 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Thanks! It was a nice burst of creativity, but I wish there weren’t so many distracting elements in the photo. Still, I was pleased with the result.

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