Normally, lens flares are the bane of photographers. They create unexpected and generally unwanted artifacts in photographys, and they also make it more difficult to create a balanced composition and brightness. But, lens flares can also be used for creative effects, such as ways to draw the eye, or create interesting focal points, or glimmering reflections.

Check out these creative uses of lens flares in photography.

Summer solstice by Rafa Elías

Summer solstice by Rafa Elías

The Open Doorway by Steve Spraggon

The Open Doorway by Steve Spraggon

Golden silence, serenity at its finest by David Edgerton

Golden silence, serenity at its finest by David Edgerton

Wild Iron Horse by Jason Hoover

Wild Iron Horse by Jason Hoover

Love Resurrection by William Bullimore

Love Resurrection by William Bullimore

Swing! by Paul M

Swing! by Paul M

Return to the Cosmiques by Alexandre Buisse

Return to the Cosmiques by Alexandre Buisse

Smoking star by Thomas Bach Nielsen

Smoking star by Thomas Bach Nielsen

Natural Night Light Beams by ViaMoi

Natural Night Light Beams by ViaMoi

The Easter tree by Aurora Demasi

The Easter tree by Aurora Demasi

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