Tidal River Sunburst by Travis Easton

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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

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyalmost 7 years ago

    Excellent, did you use a filter of small aperature and fast shutter speed ?

  • f22, fisheye lens, no filters, thanks for the interest

    – Travis Easton

  • Alyssa Medina
    Alyssa Medinaalmost 7 years ago

    this is awesome! way to get that second star from the reflection! great detail in the wheat too.

  • solarrain
    solarrainalmost 7 years ago

    beautiful shot, just great…

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillalmost 7 years ago

    I love it!!! Fantastic capture, It looks like a large star in the sky. Beautiful. great vista, comp and perspective as well.

  • ElRobbo
    ElRobboalmost 7 years ago

    Great scene, Travis!

  • jacqi
    jacqialmost 7 years ago

    Perfect shot. It must be great to know exactly what you are doing like that.

  • Steve  Taylor
    Steve Tayloralmost 7 years ago

    Well done . I really like the burst

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful light and color !

  • Benjamin Scheurer
    Benjamin Scheureralmost 7 years ago

    Gorgeous panorama!

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