Creative use of Flare

Challenge #14 in the Visual Artistry series. Hosted by Neil V.
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Usually flare is seen as a problem but sometimes it can really add to a photo. Let's see what your flare looks like...
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Garden with sun and snow
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The Rampart Range from the Garden of the Gods just after a snowstorm. The sun has burned almost all the clouds away.
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Submitted: Wednesday, 26th May, 2010 15:38 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 22nd February, 2010
Focal length: 18 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Notes: This is a 6xp HDR. Exposures are from 1/50 to 1/4000 at f/8. Image was composited and mapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2 to be almost as flat as possible in terms of dynamic range (DR). The DR was then expanded with Levels in Corel PSPX2, and the image was sharpened and color corrected.
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