London photo of the day: sometimes the camera sees more than your eye does

rose in sunlight
For instance, this beam of sunlight did not register on my eyeballs like it did on the camera lens. Apparently God was pretty happy with this particular sidewalk rose in Wood Green this other day. It is very nice.

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Steve Gagen
Steve Gagen
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 2:41am

It’s called lens flare and is an artifact created by your camera – though people sometimes add or encourage it for artistic reasons. You can even add it artificially uing Photoshop. There is quite a good explanation for the phenomenon at

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Steve Gagen
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 9:57am

I’m aware of what it’s called. :->

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 4:28am

I think she knows that, Steve. Heck, she’s an atheist even. She’s just goofing, man.

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 6:47am

This is Maryann going all J.J. Abrams on us.

reply to  Captain_Swing666
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 11:14am

Nah, it’s not being spun as a deep and complex mystery while in fact it’s being frantically cobbled together thirty seconds before the cameras roll.

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 3:49pm

The horticulturist must speak up: It’s a camellia, not a rose. It is a very lovely photo too.

b.lynch black
b.lynch black
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 4:15pm

i confess that i have a sneaking little affection for lens flare. and camillas, although these look like rose begonias to me.