Monday, March 12, 2012

Sunbursts Galore 3.8.12

Whether you call them sunbursts, starbursts or sun flares, there is no denying the beauty of seeing rays of sunlight in a photograph. Ever since I learned to capture them in September I have been fascinated with photographing the sun in this way. I love the magical quality it gives the photo and the way it adds definition to the sun. During my shoot at Clark Lake Park this past week I was once again compelled to shoot the sun with its majestic rays. It was a rare day filled with warmth and sunlight. What better way to photograph it than through sunbursts :o)? My tip for shooting sunbursts is a high aperture. I use some where between 22 and 29 depending on which lens I am using and the available light.

For this first shot, I wanted to capture the reflection of the sun in the lake as the water was still and calm, almost like glass. I purposefully put the tree line in the middle and did not use the rule of thirds as I wanted to play up the duality of the suns. In processing I removed some distracting flare (a hazard of shooting sunbursts that I am not sure how to correct while are welcome :o) and worked with the basic settings for a clean edit.

Settings: ISO 200, 18mm, ss1/320, f/22 (full manual, sunlight wb)
Intention: Dual suns and reflections

In this second photo, my goal was to capture the colors of the sun sinking below the horizon through the silhouette of the trees. In processing I removed another distracting sun flare (I left a bit of it in this time as it was very difficult to edit out entirely) and added some vibrancy to the sunset sky. 

Settings: ISO 200, 18mm, ss1/160, f/22 (full manual, sunlight wb)
Intention: Sunset silhouette
"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." - Pablo Picasso

    and then, she {snapped} 


  1. wow, thank you for sharing your tips, these are great! thanks so much for stopping by today!

  2. I love the 1st photo, and thanks for sharing how you do it.

  3. These are beautiful! Thank you also for sharing the technical know-how, that is very useful.

  4. Absolutely GORGEOUS Emily!
    I especially love the first one.
    It is simply perfect.

    Thank you so much for being a part of the Creative Exchange today.

    Have a wonderful day, and I will still see you in "Blogland."


  5. Beautiful images.
    Thank you for your tips!!

  6. Wow -- you aren't kidding -- so many wonderful sun flares.

    Thanks so much for sharing at YSB this week, Emily. :)

  7. Fantastic!!! The horizon in the middle of an image is perfect for a reflection shot.

  8. Beautiful scenes.

    Regards and best wishes

  9. Both are beautiful, the first is quite "clean" and the second has more depth.

  10. Beautiful photos! I love pictures of the sun like that!

  11. I have to learn how to capture rays of sunlight
    yours look beautiful!

  12. these are just gorgeous. i will go back and read about how you did this. i always get extra sun spots when i try to do this!!


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