The Color Purple

Photo taken with the iPhone 5 by iMore.com's Leanna Lofte

A tricky subject in this weeks photo contest -- lens flare. Supposedly every camera ever made has a level of purple flare surrounding bright lights in the viewfinder, but looking through past photo contests I sure don't see much of it. I'll let the experts argue that one, and let you guys get all sorts of funky and show me some high quality lens flare in this weeks photos.

The real question is how to create this purple flare. You should get varying degrees of it by adjusting the angle between your camera lens and any bright light sources. Now we don't want anyone staring into the sun, but we do want to see folks get creative and force some flare into their pictures. It doesn't have to be purple, but bonus style points if you can pull it off.

The prize is worth it, as it turns out we still have a few of the series 3 Android mini-collectables left, We've got five of them for the five best pictures, so get into the forums and show us your stuff!

While I'm still working on a proper gallery, here's last week's winning panorama shot.

Panorama

Taken by cguella with his Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Congrats cguella, check your inbox!

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Reader comments

Weekly photo contest: Purple Haze (lens flare)

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lol. you guys said on the podcast that you would do this. I can't believe that you actually did do it. AC is awesome!!!!!

On proper cameras a lens hood helps, someone will launch a bit of plastic for that. Even shielding the lens with your hand often kills it, it could even be built-in to cases.

The colour comes from coatings designed to improve contrast and combat flair (non image forming light). You can even use it as a creative element in composition. I rather like it, reminds you that photography is a creative art.