Project Athena - Day 134 (Lens Flare)

Time to break the rules, again.

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Yes, I do know that this theme was not on the original list and today is about letting go of the need to be consistent and as well as being a f*(#@*%!# "purist".

Lens flares happen. Sometimes they are cool looking. Sometimes they are distracting. Sometimes they are neither.

I have spent most of my photographic career attempting to avoid the dreaded lens/light flare because somewhere along the way I bowed down to someone else's teaching about how the flare is a perversion or it harbors some wanton desire to ruin a good picture.  So this week, out of rebellion and also the need to be inconsistent, I invite lens flares to my pictures! I will shoot from forbidden angles and avoid the shade to ensure they show up. I will even shoot midday! OMG!

Lens flares are not always visible through the camera's view finder and sometimes I don't see them until I download the pictures at home. This week will require playing with the light and breaking all the rules in hopes that it will produce the desired results.

Lens Flare Fence    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/14 • 1/200s • ISO 100

Lens Flare Fence

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/14 • 1/200s • ISO 100