It was a beautiful day. We were in Yellowstone Park – specifically Yellowstone Canyon. There were hundreds of people on the lookout at the east end of the canyon and we had a great view of the Lower Falls. I had to wait nearly a half an hour to get an unobstructed space at the guard rail. The direction of the light wasn’t great but since the chances of our returning to this place – ever – were pretty slim I decided to make an HDR to light some of the canyon that was in shadow.
I fired off five shots in a bracket, checked quickly for good exposure, and gave someone else the place at the guard rail.
A week later I’m home reviewing the photos made in Yellowstone. When I got to the five photos for the Yellowstone Canyon shot I marked them and exported them to HDR Efex Pro to get the wide exposure through the HDR conversion.
Here’s the photo:
So…where does the viewer’s eye land?Exactly at the top of the water fall where,at first, I thought I had captured a small circular rainbow. On closer look it is a lens flare. I should have caught it before leaving Yellowstone.
A half an hour later I had managed (using Lightroom) to wrestle the lens flair out of the image. Although the result is acceptable, it would have been much better if I had used a lens hood to keep the sun from bouncing around inside the lens.
Lesson learned – actually two: Use the lens hood. The chances of capturing a flare are reduced and the colors will be richer with an image that is less contrasty. And, of course, do a better job of qualifying an image before leaving a once-in-a-lifetime venue.