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Old April 25th, 2007, 10:00 AM   #1
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Lens Flare

Now that my wedding season is underway I have been trying to shoot some setup footage of venues by shooting through a tree and getting a nice lens flare with the sun shining through the tree leaves. I like to dial down the iris/shutter to get a clean flare and make it sort of explode. Makes a nice transition point when editing. I also like to get a silhoutte of the happy couple with a well timed lens flare between their heads. Problem is the lens flare with the A1 is a white spot with a straight line going up and down. It doesn't flare into a nice round spot with beams coming out like I used to get with my old GL and VX/PD cams.

Is there a way to get those cool lens flares or am I doing something wrong.

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Old April 25th, 2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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Thought the really neat flares are accomplished as post production effects rather than in-camera?
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Old April 25th, 2007, 11:07 AM   #3
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They can be accomplished that way but it takes time and not everyone is an AE literate person. :-) I know enough about AE to be dangerous but wouldn't consider my self skilled.

I like the in camera flares I used to get that had the rays and nice appearance. Besides a good in cam flare looks way better that a computer generated one .... IMHO!

They only take a few moments to do in cam and are a great way to show the day was a bright sunny day.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 07:04 AM   #4
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Try a star filter in front of the lens? 4, 6, 8 or 10-pointed stars whenever you want them. Might have to go without I.AF, but for such a carefully crafted shot, you'll be in manual focus anyway...
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Old April 26th, 2007, 10:20 AM   #5
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Both Motion and Final Cut have keyframable lens flare generators that look nice if you can't get a good one in camera. This is also assuming that you have Final Cut Studio. I don't like to assume, it makes an ass out of Uma Therman.
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