Sun flare/Haze: Theme Thursdays

Theme Thursdays

Cari is hosting Theme Thursdays, beginning today.  If you are an amateur photographer, you should join in, no blog necessary!  Click over to her place to learn the details.

Today I was lucky enough to get sun flare in the morning and haze in the evening.  Fun!

I think technically I was supposed to choose one photo.  What can I say? I’m a verbose speaker/writer, and it seems to translate to my photography as well.

Flare, of the sun variety:

F/22, 1/1250, ISO 1600
Minor processing (auto contrast, etc) and added a Lomo Camera Effect in PSE

F/18, 1/800, ISO 1600
No edits

F/18, 1/250, ISO 1600
Minor editing for contrast
For my photographer friends/guests out there: it seemed as though I had to have the sun near or directly in the center of the photo to get flare.  If I tried to photograph with it at the edge of the frame the camera automatically removed any flare.  Any ideas how to override this? I’d like to try adding some dreaminess to the photos rather than always capturing the stark sunburst.  Suggestions?

And now for the purple haze all around:

F/25, 1/80, ISO 1600
No edits

Didn’t totally care for this one either, but I guess it’s because I wanted a more dreamy quality. First, that’s really difficult in a stark city like Daegu. Second, there wasn’t enough haze to make fantabulous photos.

Regardless of the outcomes, I had so much fun challenging myself to do this today!  Make sure to head on over to Clan Donaldson to check out all the other link-ups.  Add your own if you can!


  1. Love these! And I have a hard time making haze show up, too. Do you shoot in RAW? I’ve found that if I shoot misty scenes in RAW, I can tinker with the contrast and fill light and other levels enough to make it look more dreamy.

    Your sun flares are beautiful though.

  2. Also, what if you played around with your ISO? Maybe that would stop the autocorrect? I found this article, which I don’t know if it’ll help, but it’s a place to start…

    • I have never shot in RAW. Another thing to tackle soon. Thanks for the link! I will be checking that out and playing with this technique for awhile I feel. 🙂 And thanks for hosting!

  3. I can’t help you with your questions, but I love your pics. Must have sunflare, ehrmagherd!

  4. Another option (that works with focus as well) is getting the right flare you want, then holding your shutter button halfway down and re-framing the shot how you want.

  5. Well done! You are ahead of me, anyway. I love the contrast on photo 3, whatever you did with it.

  6. I love them – the angles in the 3rd (your daughter?) are just perfect!

  7. Loving the composition in the third pic. Beautiful!

  8. Love the halo!! And always a fan of light through the trees.

  9. I had the same problem with the flare going away when I took the picture. Of course I wasn’t using a “real” camera so no idea how to make it better. But I think you did an amazing job of capturing the flare.