Thursday’s Special: Flare

This week, Paula has asked us to post a picture illustrating flare – “An unwanted element in photography brought on, among other things, by shooting directly at sun without using a lens hood, or a creative element that adds to the composition of a photo?”

I like to think the image here illustrates both those aspects! Sorry, Paula, no truly creative thinking here, well ‘inside the box’…..

I noticed the sun behind the trees as I was wandering down this path, and played about with different Points of View and settings until I got this image.

Early morning flare

Early morning flare

For more on this theme, take a look at Paula’s blog here.





  1. Well you did some jolly good ‘playing’ here, Sue. It’s a very lovely image.

  2. Oh, but it’s a beautiful “box” 🙂
    Lovely shot Sue, very soothing

  3. A lovely place to walk; you’ve caught the sun’s rays really well. Very inviting, Suzan.

  4. There’s a faerie in that tree!

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  6. Really lovely image, Sue. 🙂

  7. Perfect flare, Sue, and appropriate to the scene too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. I love the use of light in photos. Your flare is perfect as it is not too often to see such a symmetrical display of the rays of light. Love this one Sue!

  9. This is where lens flare work for an image, not against it – you still have good contrast and the flare does not overwhelm the shot – well done!

  10. Beautifully done Sue. Love the shadows as well as the perfect sun flare.

  11. morselsandscraps

    Beautiful layering too, and vertical darkness and misty light

  12. I rather like ‘flares’ and this is nice. Does remind me of miners and lamps, but that’s probably me being a little strange. 🙂

  13. love this image: every element is hinged on its neighbour, linked so that even though for a moment I’m sure my fav part is the sun rays, it then suddenly becomes the very background trees. or the sun flare, or the ..etc. Nothing, can be removed without detriment. this is tight. Great photo Sue!! 🙂

  14. Great composition, from being drawn in by the shadows to the perfect star flare then to the misty trees in the back ground, even the partial trunk on the left keeps the eye in the picture. Perfect shot Sue.

  15. This is so beautiful Sue…

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