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

Blue Flare
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.


  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. 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!

  3. 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.

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