It was friend and colleague Richard's birthday today. Richard is the lead singer for local band The Hybernators. We stepped out for lunch, beautiful sunny day. He broke into spontaneous song and I knew I had mere seconds to take some photos, I managed three before it was all over. The first photo was sort of ok, composition passable: #1 The next two photos had some serious sun flare. This one below I nailed the focus but cut off his fingers: #2 I was able to compose much better in this next one but in an effort to go for a backlit look, it didn't turn out so well and the original photo just looked underexposed. Raising the exposure in post, I guess the resulting noise/grain looks 'ok'. I think it actually has the look of a 16mm or possibly even a super-35mm film frame from a movie reel: #3 What is your opinion on these photos? Obviously the sun flare is a problem but since it is well and truly present in the photos, I personally don't mind it being there. Under normal circumstances I like slight imperfections in photos, I think it gives the photos some character. The flare here is very obvious though, is it far too distracting? Does it go far beyond 'character' or even as a 'feature'? In fact in photo #2 I think it has an old burnt-out 60s or 70s-photo look about it. Is that how you interpret it too or is it just me? How would you have processed these photos? Or would you discard them as un-useable and hope to catch the moment again on another day?