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.

The video, by Jacob T. Swinney, is nicely done, and while there's some egregious repeat offenders in there - JJ included - it also serves as a reminder that good use of Lens Flares can still really stand out as a great piece of imagery. Sure, modern cinema has made them a bit over used, but the Lens flare still has some visual potency.

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