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Tidal River Sunburst

Travis Easton

Boronia, Australia

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This photo is a good example of what not to do, that is to point the lens straight at the sun, it just happened to work on this occasion. Walking along the Loo Errn Trail at Tidal River I found the light catching these reed heads in a compelling way. I didn’t really think the shot would work but I tried it anyway using a fish-eye lens and shutting the aperture down to f22. The sun then refracted around the tiny aperture creating the sunburst and there was just enough light in the read heads to balance the brightness of Sol despite the fact that the rest of the shot has almost gone black. The star-burst reflection is the thing that really makes the shot for me though.

Reminds me of the star on top of the Christmas tree.

Originally scanned with a Nikon scanner, I upgraded this to a drum scan of the same transparency using a Linotype HELL3400 (worth $300,000). The quality difference is breathtaking.

This shot along with 107 others is available in my book The Prom – Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia

For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.

$30 a month of photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society

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