Lens Flares have a bit of a bad rap - especially among Sci-Fi fans thanks to JJ Abrams' over-reliance on them in his Star Trek movies - but as this edited compilation of Lens Flares shows, from Man of Steel to E.T., they can still be beautiful.
For this week's Shooting Challenge, you were asked to reignite our interest in lens flare. And, at least for me, you did.
Lens flare. Sometimes it's an annoyance, washing out photos. Other times, it's cliché. Whatever. At its best, lens flare creates something ethereal, something larger than the scope of an image can convey. And it's your Shooting Challenge for this week.
I'm happy to report that no amount of flares will fix the lovely campiness and amazing performances of William Shatner and Ricardo Montalbán in Star Trek. And thank the gods for that. [Thanks Genevieve]