Old 12-13-2009, 03:37 AM   #1
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I was sitting around tonight processing some of my shots from the last trip to Chama when I noticed some strange lights over the rafters of the Chama coal tower. I took six identical shots at different exposures and only one of them has this light thing. Would someone be able to identify as what it may be? Lense flare of some sort? I've never seen anything like it. The small light at the top is a star. The image is a crop at 100%.

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Old 12-13-2009, 04:53 AM   #2
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It definitely looks like a lens flare, usually the type that appears elsewhere on an image if you happen to be focused at a bright light. The color and shape are consistent with the sample I posted below. Depending on the angle of the light they can appear on the opposite side of an image.

Do you have any wider shots that might identify the source?
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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Here's the entire image. I thought it was kinda peculiar. You can see it just above the roof rafters of the coal tower.

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Old 12-13-2009, 03:01 PM   #4
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I was sitting around tonight processing some of my shots from the last trip to Chama when I noticed some strange lights over the rafters of the Chama coal tower. I took six identical shots at different exposures and only one of them has this light thing. Would someone be able to identify as what it may be?
He might know....

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Probably coming from the light you can see on the left side gound.
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Jim, I think you're on to something.

Travis, I think you're right. Those were some pretty bright lights. I thought when you spend a couple grand on a lense this kind of thing wasn't supposed to happen. I'll just airbrush it out. No big deal.

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All lenses can flare. Some just much less. Others all the time.
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I was thinking more 90s-era

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It's a leaning Christmas tree....
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That's it Ron.

I could use a moon in that picture. Or, maybe Santa and his reindeer shooting across.

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That's it Ron.

I could use a moon in that picture.
I know where you can find one.
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May have been another stray Russian missle or just a UFO.
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Those kinds of flares usually trace linearly to the source, in this case I'd say the headlight was the culprit.

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Jim, I think you're on to something.

Travis, I think you're right. Those were some pretty bright lights. I thought when you spend a couple grand on a lense this kind of thing wasn't supposed to happen. I'll just airbrush it out. No big deal.

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Flares can still happen on better glass, but as with your image they are brought down to a manageable level. On cheaper glass that flare would likely have been much more significant and possibly ruined much of the image.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:27 AM   #14
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Well, I just figured out how to put things in that weren't there before. My first attempt at this. The only moon pictures I have are ones I took of an eclipse and this was the start of one. It was easy to do, but I can probably get more accuracy from doing a full size image.

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I know where you can find one.
Hehe.

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I don't think I'd want to see your kind of moon.

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