PHOTO: Aura Captured At Burien Town Square Opening?
BTB Reader Kathi Vallade sent us the photo above, which she took at Saturday’s Burien Town Square grand opening celebration; here’s what she had to say about it:
OK…So I was at the Burien Town Square opening today and snapped this random picture of this girl walking by because I thought her hair was adorable! (It had a few different colors in stripes,kind of like a rainbow…SUPER CUTE!)
ANYWAYS, when I got home and uploaded the pictures I noticed it looks like I may have captured her Aura! (Cool huh?!)
I would love to find her to show her the photo but HOW on Earth do you go about finding a complete stranger ?!
(And how weirdo does it sound “Hi, I took your picture at random and saw this interesting glow around you and just HAD to track you down!”)
So…is the light around the girl’s head her “aura” or just lens flare?
We sent the original, uncropped photo to our Photographer Michael Brunk, who studied it â€“ here’s his take:
Having seen the uncropped original, I’d say this is almost definitely lens flare.
It was taken around 12:30pm according to the meta-data, so the sun was starting to burn through the clouds about that time. You can see the camera was pointing slightly up and to the right, which angles the lens towards the bright natural light bouncing off the clouds. And this was shot with a Canon Powershot A720 so it most likely did not have a lens hood on which would tend to help prevent lens flare.
This thread has a couple of examples of lens flare that look very similar to the photo you sent. It’s just a fluke that in this case, the visible artifact is centered on the girl’s head:
So…what do YOU think? Is that an “aura” or just lens flare? Please Comment below…