one of these days you'll have to explain to me how this wonderful little photographic miracle occurs in a technical sense. i'm sure it's pretty simple, but you know me and my simple mind...and i'm sure that perhaps photographers don't make it their goal to have this happen....but seriously, i love it every time. it's like there was something in the light/air/place that just couldn't be contained and came flaming out. flaming out? wow.
for a good explanation: http://pcin.net/update/2007/01/24/lens-flare-digital-photography-tip-of-the-week/"Lens flare is caused when light enters the lens at such an angle that the light rays do not completely flow through the lens, but instead are reflected back and forth between lens elements. The sun spots created typically show the shape of the diaphragm (aperture blades) the camera was using at the time the photo was created. A lens with a 5 blade diaphragm will produce sun spots with 5 sides."
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