Another of the lupine photos I took in May in the coast range of Northern California. Everything lined up for me to compose this image and then wait for the sun to move into the opening between the oak tree branches and create the sun star. Facing into the sun also provided the wonderful back lighting on the flowers and the deep shadow of the tree trunk coming into the foreground. The thin overcast sky filtered the light. A few different frames were blended for dynamic range and also motion blur in the flowers due to a slight breeze. An aperture of f/22 and the particular lens (Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II) make the sunstar possible. Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks and other actions were essential for developing this image, as they are for most of my images.
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