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    New question here. Sun rays in a digital photo

    So is there any way to remove them?

    I have HP image zone, so go easy, I'm not a photoguru

    TIA

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    Without seeing your photo, I would say that its not possible without some serious nerd (computer art) work.

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    Like Jesus rays, why remove them? I guess seeing the image would would explain that, but it sounds like some intense local editing with Photoshop and a graphics tablet.
    A Useful Bear is a handy thing.

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    Post up the photo and I'll see if I can remove them in Photoshop for you.

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    Wink

    Here's a few...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Sun rays in a digital photo-hcga-nepmtba-christmas-party-ride-12-3-11-073_900x900.jpg  

    Sun rays in a digital photo-hcga-nepmtba-christmas-party-ride-12-3-11-074_900x900.jpg  


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    Sun rays are cool. Why would you want to get rid of them? And the answer to your question is if you shot it RAW format you could use a RAW processing tool to play with the exposure and contrast to reduce the effects without ruining the picture too much. But if JPEG is the only format you have then the answer is no, not without ruining the picture and making it look dark and funky.

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    BTW the pictures look cool as is.

    Also, if you don't like that look, next time lower your camera just a bit so you're not shooting the sun and use your hands to shade out the rays

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    I would increase contrast in the washed out areas, but don't do it all at once. I don't think you can get rid of the sun rays, but you can improve the pic. I tried a bit here.
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    Good job!

    Good info!

    Yes, I should try to be more concerned with trying to improve my pic taking skills, but it was big ride with lots of riders and I was running around trying to get everyone!

    Thanks for the help and schooling, I will improve!

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    The more you practice, the better you'll get. It's tough when the best shooting angle is right into the sun. As CupOfJava said, if (when) you're in this situation again, shade the lens. Here's a pic I took pretty much right into the sun. I positioned myself so a tree shaded the camera with pretty good results. IMG_0912ps 850h.jpg photo - j_harvey photos at pbase.com. I pre-focused on the root so the camera would meter light and focus from that point. Here's another one where the sun was in an unfortunate position, but I tried to shade the lens and was pretty happy with the results given the lighting challenge: IMG_0891ps 850h.jpg photo - j_harvey photos at pbase.com. I may have tweaked them both in Photoshop to brighten up the subject a bit.

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    Good job!

    I see what you mean...

    ... and they are great shots too!

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