I must admit: I was enraged. On several of my pictures from my last roll taken on my La Sardina, a mysterious crescent appeared. On five of the photos, it showed up in the lower left hand corner. But on two, it showed up in the lower right hand corner. A mysterious “cursor” accompanied one of these shots:
What had happened? Had the lab screwed up? Was there a problem with my La Sardina’s shutter? Had I cracked the lens?
I studied my camera closely, then recalled the conditions under which I had taken the photos. The sun was descending in the West. In all the photos, I had adjusted the photo so that it remained just outside of the photo either to the upper right — in the case of the left corner blemishes — or the upper left — in the case of the right corner crescents. When I examined the lens, the problem explained itself: this was the sun glinting off the bubble that protects the lens.
Look closely at these four shots. You will notice a little rainbow edge to the crescents.
The cure? Next time, I keep my back to the sun when taking photos. Or choose times when it is overhead.
written by emperornorton on 2012-02-22