Ghosting Orb – A Rainbow Lens Flare

In this sunrise photo, a small rainbow like orb popped up below and left of the sun. It was caused by lens flare. The light source, the sun, was much brighter than the rest of the scene and this caused reflections inside the camera. This particular lens flare is called a ‘Ghosting Orb’.

Though a rainbow is actually a continuous spectrum of colours, we see seven of them: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Theย  mnemonic, Richard Of York Gave Battle In VainROYGBIV – might help some people remember the order of these colours…

At this point, I usually insert a funny quote or pun about a rainbow. There doesn’t seem to be one – and I’ve already forgotten the mnemonic…

The border for this photo was done in GIMP.

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    1. I’ve just started using GIMP – decided not to buy the new Photoshop Elements that would work on my new laptop. It has been a bit of a learning curve, but I think GIMP is great because the GIMP community writes endless numbers of scripts and plug-ins. The program is not limited to what Adobe thinks you should have, but by what the users want.

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    1. Thank you. The low morning light was the only thing that made me leave the warmth of the house that day…


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