Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

This summer has been a busy one. I’ve missed out on several weeks of blogging due to a move. But this past week week, I missed out because I was on holiday.  I was in Wales for the week.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of Wales, I don’t usually think of sun soaked images like this one:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/1000

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/1000

It’s a rare day when lens flare is visible in a photograph from this part of the world. This particular hike led us to Dinas Emrys, the legendary birthplace of the red dragon seen on the Welsh flag. I had my Canon 50D and my iPhone with me.  I shot this panorama on the iPhone and then took a bunch of photos with my bigger camera.  As with most times I go on holiday, there are a lot of photos to edit now that I am home.  For this photo though, not much was needed.  I did end up cropping it a bit and sharpening it.  Other than that, I let it be, including the bit of lens flare that you can see in the top center of the photo. I left that in as a visual reminder of the intensity of the sun in that moment.

Have you ever done that with your editing, purposefully left something in that is considered an imperfection? Do you also bring home a lot of photos to edit? I will be busy for a while!  Feel free to leave a comment below.

I also posted this photo to my Flickr account, if you would like to see a larger version.

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31 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

  1. I think the lens flare adds to the magic of the place in your photograph. Sometimes lens flares look more photos of the invisible realms to me.

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  2. oh glad u had a nice holiday – and as an amateur – I leave imperfections – especially lately – the photos I am aiming for have been more mood – a couple of years ago I was in a more formal aspiring mode and really did not have the time to advance in certain areas – if that makes sense- and it takes a long time to change settings (at least for me) – oh – and I do know what you mean about taking lots of photos and then having to sort them later
    ….
    ok – so now to this photo – wow – looks like a fresh and wonderful place – Wales is beautiful – 😉

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  3. Your shot is beautiful PJB, lens flare has no negative impact at all. I find when I travel I like to edit and file the day’s work at night and start fresh the next day. Otherwise the workload at the end of the trip is SO depressing LOL.

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