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 http://www.pbase.com/image/48688729