25 Excellent Sun Flare Photography Examples

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When you take a photograph and direct sunlight contacts the many pieces of glass in your lens, it usually creates reflections and flares in your photographs. This is called sun flare and using equipment like the lens hood can take care of this ‘problem’. Then again, sometimes that flare makes your picture look even better. Here are 25 great examples of photography using sun flare. Just don’t go around staring at the sun all day with your camera if this inspires you to do so.

Fire Mountain by Nate Kay

Fire Mountain by Nate Kay

staring at the sun by I, Timmy

staring at the sun by I, Timmy

watching by Tricky

watching by Tricky

sunshine daydream by Chad Johnson

sunshine daydream by Chad Johnson

Sunset for a Seven year old. by Elly

Sunset for a Seven year old. by Elly

sunset in suburbia by [phil h]

sunset in suburbia by phil h

Dunes Sunrise by Liquid Lucidity

Dunes Sunrise by Liquid Lucidity

Sunny sky by perfect hexagon

Sunny sky by perfect hexagon

Thorugh the window by Tambako the Jaguar

Thorugh the window by Tambako the Jaguar

acid flash by ph0t0s

acid flash by ph0t0s

A Home Above Home by Spencer Finnley

A Home Above Home by Spencer Finnley

sun by onlinewoman

sun by onlinewoman

Here Comes The Sun by MrUllmi

Here Comes The Sun by MrUllmi

Winer Sunsets Stink by HckySo

Winer Sunsets Stink by HckySo

Beatdown by Marty.FM

Beatdown by Marty.FM

Buen Lunes by Paco CT

Buen Lunes by Paco CT

We Want U by Takashy

We Want U by Takashy

Image by riot jane

Image by riot jane

Flare by Jogesh S

Flare by Jogesh S

Feathered Sun 2 by la febbra

Feathered Sun 2 by la febbra

Droplets In The Sky, Oh My by mommamia

Droplets In The Sky, Oh My by mommamia

Sun Flare by Davic

Sun Flare by Davic

Red Leaves by Queen Roly

Red Leaves by Queen Roly

Into the Sun by mint imperial

Into the Sun by mint imperial

Trislander Sunset by neilalderney123

Trislander Sunset by neilalderney123

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  1. Anne-Marie Ladegaard

    Awesome photos! I won’t delete my sun flare photos anymore!!

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  2. Abhilash

    These photographs are really mazing and the one named “A Home Above Home by Spencer Finnley” was the one that caught my attention.

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  3. Jorgelina

    WOW! Stunning photographs! Love love loooooooove “Here Comes The Sun by MrUllmi”!

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  4. TIBS

    I liked the Droplets In The Sky, Oh My one in particular, very nice!

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  5. Ben Henschel

    Really awesome stuff. A lot of people go to great lengths to reduce or eliminate flare but in certain situations it can really look good.

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  6. baza

    Sun is always a joy it is a super photo. People want there to Spain in my house, such sunsets)))

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  7. Kavriel

    Very good pictures but he use photoshop :)

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    • Nate

      It’s amazing the cool effects you can achieve if you get the right angle on the sun. You don’t need ps to achieve what some of these pictures show.

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  8. jado92mx

    i would love this pictures much more if all of they would be up to 1024 resolution…
    but really beautiful i’ll get ‘em ;)

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    • Nate

      If you click on the link to each photo, some of the photographers do offer the 1024 size. If they do, you’ll see an ‘all sizes’ link above the photo.

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  9. Halil TERZİ

    super, excellent images

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  10. Melvic Cano

    I Love those droplets with he reflection of the sun flare as well.

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  11. aiva

    very nice.. i like this photo… especially ‘sunshine daydream by Chad Johnson’

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  12. eka

    that’s awesome!! cool…. nice pics

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  13. oky

    i like it…. this is so invative

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  14. amy

    great examples – very helpful! thank you!

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  15. John Emmanuel Joseph

    sunlight is magnified very well to give a sun flare look overall its good keep it up.

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  16. Stenverk

    Very cool sun flares. Check out this to : http://www.flickr.com/photos/54303904@N06/5044091025/

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  17. Elly

    So honoured to be one of the photo’s listed!
    Thanx!

    greetz, Elly

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  18. surreyian

    do you need to use filter to achieve the starlight flare effect? my sun flare goes in all directions, it just doesnt look as nice.

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  19. Sydney Wedding Photographer

    Great examples. Would be extra helpful if you could share how to best capture such lovely flares. Cheers.

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  20. Khosbayar Erdenedoo

    Amazing photos. Especially Sunset for a 7 year old. Really good picture. I try that one.

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  21. Tim Hall

    Here’s one of my images using a bit of sun flare

    http://timhallphotography.co.uk/landscapes_the_elemental_collection/

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