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San Gabriel Mountain lens flare

We were driving south on the Angeles Crest Highway on Sunday evening at sunset and wanted to capture this vista of the clouds filling and spilling over from one of the range's valleys. The problem: there was no way not to shoot straight into the sun. 

As it turns out, the lens flares are pretty cool and, I think, enhance the image rather than distract from it. The flare covering the tree in the bottom right of the image is a little unusual -- but I think I like it. 

I sometimes feel that it's almost impossible to create anything new or fresh or different with the glut of online photography. Which is the thing I like most about this photo: I haven't seen it before. :) 

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