How many lens flares are there in the whole of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movies? A lot. And some crazy rounded them all up into two videos just to inform us all of the light bright insanity that is a lens flare.
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.
Remember that awesome image of the Kimberley Waypoint we showed you yesterday? Well, some astute observers noticed an artificial light glowing on the surface. And that's certainly what it looks like — but there's a very reasonable explanation.
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.
In last night's season finale of Fringe, there were some reality-splitting revelations and at least one crazy-ass Abrams lens flare moment. And it was awesome, but confusing to the uninitiated. Allow me to explain. Spoilers!
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]
With the opening of Abrams' Trek comes an outpouring of fan vids. We picked out our favorite submissions including Breakfast Club Trek, old Star Trek updated Abrams style and a Theremin Trek jam session.