San Diego - La Jolla Shores
There goes the sun, again! We are fortunate to get great sunset photos in the San Diego area so often.
Photo Lesson - Capturing the Sun Rays
Any strong light can cause a lens flare as you see in this image. The sun is rather convenient and the there a few simple things that enable the best flares. First, set the aperture of the lens to a small opening, for example something between f/13 to f/22. Do some experiments in that range. Second, capture the sun when it is slightly behind an object like a cloud in the distance or even a tree in the foreground.
Another photo in this gallery demonstrates the sun flare wrapping around a palm tree.
This image at La Jolla Shores uses a cloud to help with the flare. The only problem with capturing a landscape scene with a small aperature like F/22 is that the image will not be as sharp overall as it would if you used the "sweet spot" for sharp landscapes. There is another Photo Tip on Depth of Field, located here:
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