This is our new regular feature — a technique post on Thursdays. What do you think? Love it or hate it? Tell us true.
I picked lens flare because I personally love it and wanted to learn more. I think its a love it or hate it sort of thing. I LOVE it. But I love urban outfitters catalogs and free people where I frequently see them use sun flare. When I first started collecting submissions for this post (Monday :)), my first thought was that I was handicapped with lens flare by using film. I was actually thinking maybe I do need a digital camera after all. However, after getting both film and digital submissions, I realize I couldn’t be more wrong. Film holds it own and more.
But whatever the medium, I don’t think you can go wrong with lens flare. Its gorgeous. My personal favorite is the rainbow flare — big surprise there, right? Lets look at some examples and see what is what.
credits (in no particular order): brothers wright, tanja lippert, neal carpenter, wendy laurel, heather perrara, amelia johnson, shannon renee, caroline tran, fabio ventura, melody idol, jen badalamenti, andreanna armabula, lizzie metcalf, amanda chafe, the itchy eyes, john fong, mph photos, two birds photos, kjrsten madsen, darren roberts, leah kua, phenom image
I am no expert. And I’m not here to make comparisons. All I can say is WOW.
Who knew that I would put a simple post up on facebook and get all this glory. What talented readers we have!
And regardless of film or digital or medium format or 35mm or portra or 400h or lab, sun flare can be had. It seems the best advice we can take away from this is to experiment. Put that sun in your lens and see what happens. Take risks. Be adventurous. And really push your limits. And like always, get to know your gear. Im out trying for some new sun flare today! I will get that rainbow yet.
And thank you to all who submitted. This was fun. I learned a ton. I am inspired and I cannot wait to do this again next week.