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A Little Starburst Fun at Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

Evening At Creekfield Lake

For the first time ever, I think, in the 15+ years I have lived here in Texas, I drove over to Brazos Bend State Park in the late afternoon.  Being the morning person that I am, I usually visit this park during the slightly-post-dawn hours before anybody else arrives.

The day was clear and cool and I thought it would be a nice time to try for some evening photos.  Plus, it gave me the opportunity to practice my starburst skills on the lowering sun.

How is this accomplished?

Set your aperture to f22.  It’s as easy as that!

Of course, you’ll need to work with your shutter speed and ISO  to assure you aren’t getting a totally under-exposed image in your quest for a starburst effect.  An aperture of f22 means not much light is getting through to the sensor via that route.

I played around with the ISO so some of these mages are at 320 while others are at  400.

My shutter speeds ranged from between 1/20 to 1/13 of a second.

Needless to say, this was all done on a tripod.

Evening At Creekfield Lake1

Evening At Creekfield Lake2

Note, the longer the shutter speed, the larger and more pronounced the starburst effect.  These images were shot using my Canon 5D Mk III and 16-35mm lens set at 16mm.

Evening At Creekfield Lake3

Now that you see how easy it is to get a starburst effect, go on out, yourself, and have some fun with your camera and lens setup and f22 your way to a neat starburst.

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Photography In The National Parks: How About A Little HDR?

Hello Everybody! Click on the hyperlink to read my latest article in the National Parks Traveler’s “Photography In The National Parks” column. Hope you enjoy it.

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