August 10, 2009

Big Picture Month - Day 10


  1. I saw this in the Toronto star! GOod job, Great picture! :)


  2. I don't know how you do it man but this is awesome!! as always!


  3. Great picture.
    A friend of mine asked about the two light "things" on the middle just above the lightning. Do you know what they are?

  4. Gilles,

    It's flare. Something that happens when there's a bright source of light in the picture (usually the sun; but here it's the street light, that appear brighter because of the long exposure).

    Flare occurs symmetrically on the opposite side of an axis that would run through the centre of the lens. It's simply light bouncing inside the lens.

    If you have time to frame your picture correctly (which I didn't have during the thunderstorm), you can easily avoid flaring buy only using one half of your sensor.

    That's what I did in the second picture from this post:

    Had that been shot with the full frame available to me, the setting sun would have created massive flares right in the middle of the photo. Instead, this was a vertical shot, and all the flare happened in the sky, which was later cropped out. Less pixels in the final image, but better, cleaner photo because there's no flare.

    Hope that helps.


  5. Adrien, Thanks for the quick explanation.
    I will pass it to the person who asked me.