mb - 1.2 Lac Léman, Genfersee, lake of Geneva

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Ryan Calhoun on September 12, 2007

May, I prefer this one, myself. :-) My usual preference is to zoom a little tighter than what is comfortable, and on this I like the overhanging branch without the tree trunk visible. Plus the visible sun gives a really nice effect. The flare pattern here is a little different, the twin cyan shapes, and above them a larger but very pale one. The effect is the same as what I thought your the other photo here.

I have some camera trivia for you, May. Are you ready? Why does lens flare usually appear as a hexagon?

Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 12, 2007

I prefer the other one and I like to see where the branch comes from, I mean the trunk as a connection or frame from the bottom to the top.

I know what you meant.

Are you starting a quiz? Maybe next time I zoom a little less or else I put a hood on the lens, so that the light won't fall on the lens. OK?


Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 12, 2007

Thanks Gerry! Since you and Ryan don't like the trunk, I'll have to think it over also for other photos. I have a third one of the same view with no trunk, nice reflections in front as well, but unfortunately also a flare and for my taste too little of the crown.

Thank you both for commenting! I'll hope for your opinion for another one as well. May

Ryan Calhoun on September 12, 2007

I never said I didn't like the flare in the image. It looks nice here right along the main sunbeam. I think with the sun in your frame like this, a hood wouldn't help.

So you don't have an answer to my trivia?

I'll be ready to look at your other one as well, May. Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 13, 2007

I don't understand you! I don't think, you want me to give you a scientifically based answer. If it's a joke, I don't know the answer and you surely will tell me. Right? ;-) I'll put on the third one as number 7.3, just for you then or anybody who wants to join in the choice of the three pictures with the number 7.

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on September 13, 2007

Sorry May, am I being difficult? It wasn't a joke, I just think it's interesting and I was curious if you knew the answer. I'll happily tell you the answer if you like. And I suppose we could invent a joke for it as well. :-)

As I said on your 7.3 (1.3?) just now, I prefer this one best of all. Perhaps you are considering changing your nickname from Swissmay to Goldielocks?

Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 13, 2007

Ryan's text in the deleted picture:

"May, I like your version numbering system :-) Are you going to introduce alpha and beta numbers into your set as well? ;-) ...I think this should be 1.3, not 7.3

I was just on my way to sleep when I saw your latest variation here and I had to look. Still very lovely, but when compared to the others, this is zoomed a little too tight for my taste. You've lost too much of the bush and the tree branch. If your three number ones are the 3 Bears, this is definitely the Baby Bear. Number 1.2 is your "just right" Momma Bear.

Friendly greetings, Ryan"

Ryan, my answer to your text:

Sorry about the wrong number. I have been doing three things at the same moment. Probably one too much! ;-) One of them was to take pictures of the decorated cows coming down from the alps. They pass my house and I didn't want to miss them, the photos will be for you and all who like them exclusively. ;-))

As I said before, I preferred 1.1 and 1.2, because of the same reasons as you mentioned. And I agree with 1.2 to be the best. I have deleted 1.3 as I had the intention before. I only put it for you to tell your opinion.

Now Ryan, my lacking English, my lack of time and of knowledge doesn't allow to give you the full explanation, I mean I could look it up, translate and copy the text, - but no, I am sure you burn telling us all about it. I have a vague idea back from my studies in architecture. I know, it has to do with the refraction of light and the reflection on the lense, which functions like a prisma. I guess, you have a super technical explanation, which increases our understanding of the proceedings.

Thank you and I hope you like my answer! ;-))

Goldielocks? And what for should I get this honour - if it is meant as one? looking puzzled :-)

Greetings, your "neighbour" May

Ryan Calhoun on September 13, 2007

Hi May! It's actually a very simple answer. The flare pattern is shaped like a hexagon because the aperture has six blades. Light can bounce all it wants inside the lens, but has to pass through the aperture to reach the camera body and the sensor (or film). This is also why the sun turns into a six-pointed star. You can even see in your photo how the sun, the six-pointed reflection highlights, and the flare spots are all rotated to the same angle.

Don't you know the story of Goldie Locks? I can't wait to see your decorated cows!

Greetings to you, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 13, 2007

Interesting Ryan! No, I don't really know the story, maybe I have heard about the bears. I don't think I would be happy with her, since she either gets scared off or killed :-( and I am definitely not spoilt as she was.

There will pass some more cows tomorrow. If you wish, you can already have a look at those. Anyway it will take a while until I upload the new pictures.

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 13, 2007

Thanks, Eagle!

Who is Goldilocks?? Has your computer been in the pub too long?

Tamás Borbély on September 15, 2007

They are wonderful lights.Very nice picture!Greetings, Tamás

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 15, 2007

I am pleased that you like it, Tamás. Thank you!


segundosombra on September 23, 2007

Otra espectacular, May! La luz arriba y también en el agua le da un toque extra a una, tal vez, clásica vista. Muy buena foto!



Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 23, 2007

Me hace muy placer que te gustan las fotos! Gracias!

Saludos, May

Quiksilver80 on October 10, 2007

Woooooow very nice picture... best wishes from bavaria

Margrit M. Berger (S… on October 11, 2007

Hi Quicksilver! Thank you very much for your comment!

Herzliche Grüsse aus der Schweiz, May

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  • Uploaded on September 12, 2007
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    by Margrit M. Berger (S…
    • Taken on 2005/10/28 16:03:47
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 7.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash