Sun glare problems.

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Peter Jason, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    I have a project photographing city buildings
    with a fisheye lens.

    I have to do this very early in the mornings
    on a Sunday to avoid the traffic and parked
    cars.

    Unfortunately the sun rises and complicates
    everything because it creates shadows and
    bright spots.

    On some mornings I am lucky to get a "bright
    overcast" morning, and this works much
    better, except if it rains because even the
    smallest drop of water on a fisheye lens
    distorts the photo badly.

    Therefore I ask; is it feasible to
    photograph at night with extreme time
    exposures (and a tripod, of course) to get
    the "even light" effect? Will illuminated
    street lights complicate this?

    I have an OlympusE500 with a Zuiko7 - 14mm
    wide-angle lens.

    Please help.
     
    Peter Jason, Oct 2, 2006
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  2. Peter Jason

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    "Rudy Benner" <>
    wrote in message
    Thanks, but it is hard to get an assistant at
    6.00am on a Sunday morning.
     
    Peter Jason, Oct 2, 2006
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    "Joseph Meehan" <>
    wrote in message


    Thanks, I will give it a try and report back.
     
    Peter Jason, Oct 2, 2006
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  4. : I have a project photographing city buildings
    : with a fisheye lens.

    : I have to do this very early in the mornings
    : on a Sunday to avoid the traffic and parked
    : cars.

    : Unfortunately the sun rises and complicates
    : everything because it creates shadows and
    : bright spots.

    : On some mornings I am lucky to get a "bright
    : overcast" morning, and this works much
    : better, except if it rains because even the
    : smallest drop of water on a fisheye lens
    : distorts the photo badly.

    : Therefore I ask; is it feasible to
    : photograph at night with extreme time
    : exposures (and a tripod, of course) to get
    : the "even light" effect? Will illuminated
    : street lights complicate this?

    : I have an OlympusE500 with a Zuiko7 - 14mm
    : wide-angle lens.

    : Please help.

    Here's one partial solution I have used. Use a ND filter to reduce the
    light and bring your shutter speed to 30 seconds or so (most good cameras
    with the ability to reach this speed can do so with minimal abberations).
    Anything that moves (like auto traffic or pedestrians) will blur. The
    faster the moving object and the longer the shutter speed the more
    transparent the blur. Eventually the moving objects disappear. This won't
    help with parked cars, but can allow you to choose a time of day when
    lighting (and shadows) are the most favorable and the sun position is far
    enough up that it is not in the frame.

    This trick is not something that happens perfect the first time. You need
    to practice the technique many times until you get the feel for the
    correct settings. But once you have it down, you can selectively remove
    almost any moving object. I'm still in the later stages of the learning
    phase but I have managed to capture a few images where I have removed
    pedestrians from a theme park setting. :)

    Randy

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    Randy Berbaum
    Champaign, IL
     
    Randy Berbaum, Oct 2, 2006
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  5. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    I think I will invest in a small umbrella.
     
    Peter Jason, Oct 2, 2006
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  6. Peter Jason

    snapper Guest

    Look for a like minded photographer and take turns with the umbrella.
     
    snapper, Oct 2, 2006
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  7. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    "Doug McDonald"
    Thanks, I'll now try getting up even
    earlier - before the sun, though this will
    restrict the time available. And I'll make
    use of dull days. At the moment I am
    concentrating on laneways and side streets
    because the leaves on the trees obscure the
    buildings on the main streets. The back
    streets are gloomier, and when the rising sun
    catches the tall towers these incandesce with
    light, while all the rest is in darkness.
    This will all take a long time.
     
    Peter Jason, Oct 3, 2006
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  8. You never know when you might need it. Fads come and go, and many PS
    users have art directors who think a little lens flare would pop the pic
    a bit, and so.....

    Look for it in your (high scale) neighbourhood magazine, mostly adverts.
     
    John McWilliams, Oct 3, 2006
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