Flare! Have Fun Shooting into the Sun – Paris

Pretty extreme example, but I like the result. Ricoh GR (Right Bank, Paris)
A Gathering – Pretty extreme example, but I like the result. Ricoh GR (Right Bank, Paris)

Usually, you would want the sun at your back or at the very least not aiming directly into your lens. I wrote about this a while back and enjoyed revisiting this technique in Paris. I think that lens designers would be upset about my love for flare. They go to great lengths and expense to design lenses that resist flare and here I am trying to exploit it.

Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM
Walking Away – Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM (Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris)

When purposely shooting for flare you are likely going to lose quite a bit of dynamic range. That’s just one of the tradeoffs, but shooting raw with modern sensors allows you to recapture much of what you think might be lost.

Ricoh GR with 21mm lens adapter
Two Friends – Ricoh GR with 21mm lens adapter (Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris)
Embrace the Flare! Ricoh GR with 21mm lens adapter (Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris)
Down the River – Embrace the Flare! Ricoh GR with 21mm lens adapter (Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris)
Saxophone man. Nice guy, talented and plays a beautiful 1954 modified saxophone. (Pont d'Arcole, Paris)
Saxophone Man – Nice guy, talented and plays a beautiful modified 1954 saxophone. (Pont d’Arcole, Paris)
I enjoy the deep  shadows of this scene. Ricoh GR with 21mm wide angle lens adapter
Deep Shadows – I enjoy the deep shadows of this scene. Ricoh GR with 21mm wide angle lens adapter

2 thoughts on “Flare! Have Fun Shooting into the Sun – Paris

  1. Hi Steve, I have had a look to your posts and found this interesting story. I use my Summicron M2,0/50 to get the same results, because I learned that this Summicron has a “flare problem” due to its construction. For me it is nearly unpredictable when it happens but it happens. So I changed to black/white with this lens, for what it is perfect – b/w picture with flare look fantastic, I think.
    Best regards, Olaf

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