Flare Photography

“Lens flare is created when non-image forming light enters the lens and subsequently hits the camera’s film or digital sensor. This often appears as a characteristic polygonal shape, with sides which depend on the shape of the lens diaphragm. It can lower the overall contrast of a photograph significantly and is often an undesired artifact, however some types of flare may actually enhance the artistic meaning of a photo.

Flare can take many forms, and this may include just one or all of the polygonal shapes, bright streaks, or overall washed out look . . . ”

-From Cambridge in Colour: A Learning Community for Photographers

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Blue Flare, (2013). Photo originally part of a series entitled Spring Blooms in St. Luke’s Cemetery.

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Boston Mounted Police, (2008)

Baby Girl Receiving Etheric Messages, (Cell Phone Image: 2012)

Mother Theresa Statue in New Orleans Cemetery, (2011)

Street Sign on Kenwood Parkway, (Cell Phone Image: 2012)

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Minnesota Backyard, (2007)

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Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, (2011)

The Wissahickon Woods in Winter, (2013)
Images © 2007-2013 by Gina Marie Lazar Lovrencevic. All rights reserved.

5 responses to “Flare Photography”

  1. Absolutely stunning images Gina, definitely enhanced with the flare….I love the ones of the Boston police and the Minnesota backyard one, I like how both of them look like half-moon or like a rainbow “C.” I really like the “Begin One Love” message as well. Great post!

  2. Thank you for your ever-encouraging comments, Ilona. The “Begin One Love” sign is one of my favorites, as well. A similar sign was spotted a few blocks away; I blogged about it in 2011: http://iridescently.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/one-love-but-please-no-trucks/. At least whoever defaced these signs seems to be spreading a positive message. 😉

  3. These are incredible images, Gina Marie. I can’t get over how much the flare in “Minnesota Backyard” resembles almost a colorful Native American headdress, or it’s even skirt-like in its wide-flaring. Lovely, lovely photos. If I didn’t read your explanation of lens’ flare prior, I could almost be convinced that images like your “New Orleans’ Cemetary” one is supernatural intervention!

  4. Patricia, thanks for stopping by to check out these pictures; I always enjoy your feedback. I see the headdress you mentioned now–what a fun image! Regarding the picture from the New Orleans Cemetery: indeed, with a little imagination, I can easily convince myself that the statue possessed a strong enough aura to affect my digital camera.

  5. very interesting blog
    , thank you for share your thought photo
    and idea for us! have nice day

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