Good use of lens flare?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by alt75, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. alt75 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hi, I took this picture in Botswana recently. I quite like the flare in the picture, but did wonder whether the spot right on the elephant was distracting. I showed the photo to a couple of workmates, not photographically inclined, but they both commented on the flare with one suggesting I could take it to a photo shop to remove it.

    What are your thoughts? Is this flare a good thing or a bad thing?

    I also have some other pictures from this trip on my flickr page - would be really grateful for any C&C.


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  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I am no photo expert by any definition, but I wouldn't try to remove it
    I like the natural look of it

    Just my 2¢
    I know there are debates around about photo journalism, etc. but I think this is just for your personal enjoyment anyway
  3. allmIne macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2008
    United Kingdom
    As with MacDawg, I'm no expert (though tbh, I think that's actually a good thing, because 99% of the people you show your photos to won't be an expert either!)

    I think if it wasn't right on the elephant, it'd be better. That said, I wouldn't bother trying to remove it. It does look natural, and it's still a great photo - love the light!
  4. Bauldrick macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010

    I think the idea of perfecting photos go out the window when you take photos of nature and wildlife, leave the photo as you would see it in real life, thats the beauty of natural photography.
    I went on a holiday recently and got plenty of shots that either had slight lens flare or lens flare that was realy obviouse.
    Here is one of the only shots that has a lot of lens flare.

    Sunset and a little brush tree by Bauldrick, on Flickr
  5. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    I don't like it. If I had the choice, I'd take the photo without lens flare. But it's a matter of taste.

    Regarding your question: I think what you should ask yourself: what does the effect add to the picture? Why do I want it in the picture? (Works with anything, not just lens flare).

    In this case, I'd rather say that the lens flare doesn't ruin an otherwise good picture. But I think the lens flare doesn't add to the picture, it sucks your eye in and focusses away from the scenery.

    Ditto for the second photo, I find the red dot really annoying, my eyes immediately track it. I can't focus properly on the rest of the picture.
  6. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2009
    New Jersey
  7. bocomo macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    New York
  8. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    +1 +1

    Both photos would look better without it.
  9. pintsizemacman macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2010
  10. alt75 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    OreoCookie- thanks. You make a good point. Pity... I used to like that photo!! :)

    Bauldrick- I do like yours.

    Thanks all for your thoughts, much appreciated as always.
  11. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
    Flare just means you can't afford a decent lens, or don't care enough about the photo to fix it in post. Neither is a bad thing if true.

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