Excuse me while I kiss the sky (calling all photographers)


I recently took this photo of the sun and noticed a rather bizarre side effect. It was a type of lens flare. And no, I’m not talking about that somewhat irritating lens flare affect that distracts most of us in some Star Trek movies (J.J. Abrams, I’m looking at you).

There are certain effects a camera can artificially simulate these days, but there’s nothing quite like seeing an effect on a photo as the result of a natural accident.

In the photo is what appears to be a pair of pink lips. I have tried searching the internet for things like ‘lens flare pink lips’ to find out what it is, or whether it’s a common effect, but to no avail. Whenever you search for lens flare, the internet seems to be filled with people bemoaning J.J. Abrahams and his addiction to using the effect.

Please, if there are there any budding photographers or anyone out there that has seen this before and know if it has a special name, could you comment on this piece? I would be interested to find out.

Could this effect be what inspired Jimi Hendrix to write the often misheard lyric in Purple Haze, ‘Excuse me while I kiss the sky’? Maybe he saw or took a photo of the sun himself, similar to this one and thought, ‘Wow that looks like someone actually kissed the sky …. wait a guitar string popping moment! That gives me an idea?’

Or perhaps he was just high as a kite?


If you like a bit of Jimi, you could do worse than checking out a true Hendrix fans blog, Sudo One. He’s written about the fella too.

About residentweebler
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One Response to Excuse me while I kiss the sky (calling all photographers)

  1. SudoOne says:

    Jimi high? Never!
    Scuse me while I kiss this guy

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