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What is lens flare? According to Wikipedia, it is the light scattered in lens systems through generally unwanted image formation mechanisms.
It is a “non-image forming light” that typically looks like bright streaks, rings, circles or polygonal shape which generally reduces the contrast and saturation of the photograph by increasing the exposure without adding any image content.
How can we avoid it? Usually, we would want to shade the lens from the bright light source that is shining on the lens, whether it be sunlight or artificial light. By using the lens hood that is usually included when we purchase a lens, flare can be avoided. If you don’t have a lens hood, you can just shield the lens with your hand or have someone shield it for you. If no one is there to help you, just reposition yourself so that you can reduce the amount of bright light coming in directly to your lens. If you are using a zoom lens, sometimes by zooming in to your subject, the impact of light changes and might reduce flare. And one last thing to remember is you can always recompose your shot. By positioning an object somehow between the lens and the bright light source, for example a tree or leaves, will reduce or totally eliminate flare.
But do we really want to avoid flare? Recent trend shows that photographers have been deliberately adding flare to their photographs to add drama or artistic effect. So, flare is good if used properly.
I love shooting directly into the sun. I just love the light streaks that the light creates in my photographs. Here are some of the photographs I took where flare played a positive addition to the photos.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks Photo Project Theme. Don’t forget – flare can be your friend, add some artistic flare to your photos.
This week’s theme is Blessed. For this theme, I have picked a verse from the Bible from Jeremiah 17:7 which says “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
Everyday, I look up in the sky and see the awesome work that the Lord has for us to see and experience. He’s just so amazing! I feel very blessed and it gives me hope each day knowing that the Lord is always there for me.
This photo was taken in Breckenridge, CO from Peak 7.