I'm Ingunn. This blog is about learning to make photos instead of just taking them. This is where I collect and express ideas and thoughts, and sometimes I might get sidetracked, too! There is so much to be learned. I have an urge for making life better, simpler and tastier. My picture galleries are in the sections travel and portfolio. I write in English, but I am Norwegian, and comments are most welcome in both languages.


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Lens flare - avoid it or not?

Lens flare, also know as sun spots, can ruin an otherwise perfect shot, or it can add further interest to it. Lens flare occurs mainly when you shoot straight into the light source, and it can be recognised as spots of light or even as a haze all over the photo. Lens flare is typically produced when non-image producing light enters the lens and subsequently hits the sensor or the film in the camera. But this doesn't have to be a problem. When placed well, lens flare can add an desired informal feel to the photo.

Many of the photos I took while shooting the sunrise this summer has lens flare. Traditionally this is not considered a good result, but in this example I kind of like it. There is a lot of empty space to the right in the capture, and the composition splits horizontally into blue and orange. The dark left lower corner is better balanced whit the prominent flares in the upper right corner, and I also like that the orange blends into the blue areas. One thing I regret, however, is that I didn't use a larger aperture. As you can see, the largest spot is not rounded but rather a polygon, it has eight sides due to the smaller aperture I used.

How to avoid lens flare? One of the best methods is to always use a lens hood. I didn't use mine in this case, and I regret that I didn't take the time to try both with and without one. It is also possible to compose the shot with flare in mind, and eliminate the light source or shoot at an angle. Lens flare is an interesting phenomenon to explore, and by controlling it, you have another tool in your box instead of a problem.

Do you have a picture with lens flare to share and discuss? Why don't you post a link, and I'll come visiting!

Tech stuff: Aperture: f/32, shutter speed 1/13, ISO 100, tripod