Strange flare on chrome bumper - E-M1 & 12-40mm

barry13 Editor
Mar 7, 2014
Southern California
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I took two pics of this Corvette from slightly different angles; both with my E-M1 and 12-40mm Pro, both are at 40mm and f/4.0. There was a filter on the lens, but I can't remember if it was a CPL or UV:
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Anyone know why there is a flare or haze around the bumper on the right image? It's affecting the sharpness of the license plate as well as the other discoloration/flare.

The RAW and JPEG images both look similar.

Both pics were taken from the opposite curb; the second was from a few feet to the left of where I took the first, and the car was not moving.
Focus appears correct on both, and the car is in the center of both images.

Mid-day; the sun was almost directly overhead; slightly to the left and very slightly to the rear (8 o'clock position if the car is facing towards 12 o'clock).

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