Thursday’s Special: Flare

An unwanted element in photography brought on, among other things, by shooting directly at sun without using a lens hood, or a creative element that adds to the composition of a photo?

Whatever your views on flare in photography, I hope you’ll join me in this challenge and maybe think about alternative approaches to the theme.

Some of the following definitions of flare might help you with that.

Excerpt from Free Dictionary 

Flare, noun

      1. A brief wavering blaze of light.
      2. A device that produces a bright light for signaling,illumination,or identification.
      3. An outbreak, as of emotion or activity.
      4. An expanding or opening outward.
      5. An unwanted reflection within an optical system or the resultant fogging of the image.
      6. A solar flare.
      7. Football  A short pass to a back running toward the sideline.
      8. Baseball  A fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield.
      9. Medicine – An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.

 (click to zoom in to absorb all this radiant sunshine)


The tune is my latest musical discovery – a band from Romania named “Flare” with the song titled Recover. Enjoy!





Here are the entries for this challenge. Please, click on the titles bellow:


Flare by DM

Flare by Pommepal

Flare by Geriatrix Fotogallerie

Flare by Debbie

Flare by Irene

Flare by Anna

Flare by Klara

Flare in Flowers by CG

Flare by Tish

Flare by Susan Judd

Flare by Sonya

Flair for adventure by Jaspa

Sun shower by Lynne

Flare by Tobias

Flare by Marie

Flare by Liesbeth

79 Comments on “Thursday’s Special: Flare

  1. Wonderful flare and competing lines in opposite directions. My “no whale in sight” photo is the closest I’ve got to functional flare. Flare of activity? You should see my living room as I try to declutter the study!!! But no photos. That would be taking “confessional” one step too far.


  2. What a wonderful photograph. It’s like the rays are being playful so as to make sure they are in the photo. Fitting song too (as always) 🙂


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    • Yes, it’s a dam and it is the place where I usually go Nordic walking. I am pleased that you like it. Thank you for offering me such tantalising photo for this challenge. I love your entry!

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  6. Yes, it’s a pretty one, Paula 🙂 🙂 Nice soundtrack too!
    I possibly have some photos that would fit the bill because it’s an effect I quite like, but you know me- more luck than judgement. I’m waiting for Debbie to post Looking Up so I can add my link to hers. Hope you have success with the leg. Hugs darlin’. 🙂


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  9. A great challenge Paula and your flare is great flare. I picked out my photos before I left home (away for a few days) and didn’t choose any flare of the type you describe, although I have plenty of them at home. Cheers Irene


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  11. I do like this Paula. I like the vanishing lines of the road are reflected in the same pattern in the sun rays. The other flare doesn’t detract from the image at all. In fact, I quite like the red and green spots on the left.


  12. Robert has a good point. I was struggling a bit – first waited for your post after midnight, than waited for some other participants’ views; still didn’t move much from the most obvious meaning. I like your flare. It seems as a perfect spot to wait for opportunities like that- nice sunsets or sunrises… Is it close to river Sava? (I don’t really know Zagreb, but that might change in the future -)


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