Though a fickle beast, lens flares can accentuate what the human eye can easily miss. In more specialized cases, direct rays from the sun or other light sources can actually add striking emphasis to photographs, as seen from the brilliant desert sunrise below. With the La Sal Mountains flooded with warming sunlight, Canyonlands’s Mesa Arch begins to glow. For a background on how lens flare can be harnessed, click HERE.
Lens flare seems to be a growing trend with photography laypersons and pros alike. Rules of composition and perspective have been shaken in recent years by innovative and dramatic photogs who dare to capture the world in new and artistic ways. In the recent past, lens flares were unwanted light pollution that wreaked havoc on lens elements (the glass parts of camera lenses). Though not harmful to the actual lens, these unwanted artifacts mostly lowered contrast, leaving pictures washed out and dull. HERE‘s more info.
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