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9/4/05 - Sunrise Reflections

9/4/05 - Sunrise Reflections

Finally - a nice sunrise after several weeks of blah. Someone asked if the starburst effect around the sun in many of my shots was through the use of some special filter or Photoshop. For sure - not Photoshop because I am 100% against altered images beyond contrast, color and sharpening adjustments. In fact, I've stopped competing at our camera club because anything goes in their competitions. No special filter either (I use a circular polarizer, a neutral density, a graduated neutral density, and an infra-red; nothing else). You get starbursts by using a very small aperture opening (f/22 for this shot). If the light source is small (wouldn't work here after the sun came up just a bit further), a small aperture will do it every time. I did use a graduated neutral density filter in this shot to even out the great tonal contrast difference between the bright top and the darker bottom of hte image.
Heritage Hunt visitors - new clubhouse shot at

Nikon D70s
1/100s f/22.0 at 18.0mm full exif

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kent larnhill29-Sep-2005 12:24
Amazing shot, well done!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography05-Sep-2005 08:40
Wonderful image, beautiful composition, light and colors, congratulations :)
Jeffery Stahlman05-Sep-2005 01:46
gorgeous capture
Stu04-Sep-2005 22:25
This is a cracker, Ed.
Larry Ahern04-Sep-2005 21:27
This is lovely! I do a lot of manipulation in my shots. Mostly layers of the same shot over and over again. I don't add stuff but I think that the artist is free to create for the feeling sought. The effect that didn't work is the one that looks fake.

BTW I like you moon thing :)
jypsee04-Sep-2005 21:11
BTW, I did a photo of the moon and some treetops that I posted on PAD and got the question re was it a combined exposure (it wasn't)...
jypsee04-Sep-2005 21:08
Um... no, Adams own printer has noted how much he did in the darkroom to make his photos have the "look" that he wanted so it was more than just zone exposure and printing in that what was in front of the viewfinder is not what was printed. I'm ambivalent about putting stuff in a photo that ABSOLUTELY was not present at the time the picture was made. It's available and it won't go away... so, for the most part, I don't care.
I'd accept the accolade of your peers for your photo (an evolving term) and be happy about it. Congrats!
Ed Knepley04-Sep-2005 19:47
jypsee, I agree with your right to disagree. However Ansel Adam's manipulations, for the most part, were adjustment of tonal ranges (read zones). I have no problem with wet darkroom techiques such as dodging and burning used to do this. I have, however, a big problem with folks adding and deleting major elements to an image - that never appeared in the viewfinder - and calling it a photograph. For example, my one Photoshop manipulated image on pbase - see - is pure BS (that's bovine excrement) when it comes to PHOTO competitions. The version of that image, which will be hanging in an exhibit soon, has no moon. The Photoshopped pbase version, and its title from Ansel Adams' work, was a challenge to the local club's competition committee to straighten out their rules. Unfortunately they thought my Moonrise, Manassas was just grand and gave it a ribbon. BS!
jypsee04-Sep-2005 19:05
While I don't agree with you regarding Photoshop (the work of Ansel Adams, for example, was heavily manipulated) I do like the photo you've made.
Olaf Herrig04-Sep-2005 17:33
A wonderful photo work with great light, colors and mood!
Regards, Olaf.
Cheryl04-Sep-2005 17:00
Wonderful capture! Love the repetition in the trees and clouds.
Gary Hebert04-Sep-2005 16:56
my favorite time of day Ed... love it... :)
Chris Sofopoulos04-Sep-2005 16:54
Beautiful reflections and colours!
Herb Knufken04-Sep-2005 16:15
Great image
Guest 04-Sep-2005 16:03
beautiful scene...nice capture ed!! =D
joanteno04-Sep-2005 15:29
Spectacular.. Very nice sunrise.
Jean-Claude Riboulet04-Sep-2005 15:29
Beautiful colors in that nice lanscape.
Shawn Patrick04-Sep-2005 15:10
Very Nice. Love the beautiful colors. Well done.