The Parallel Project – Starburst

There are special filters that you can buy to create those “star-burst” effects from very bright points of light, but you can also do this by using a small aperture, the aperture rings in the lens will help to produce this same star-burst effect without you going out and buying those filters.  Of course, the filters do give some very neat effects  🙂

I had intended this experiment for a night scene, but as I was in the park accompanying Nikhil, I thought I’d try it out using the sun as my source of bright light.  (I even took shots with a larger aperture to make sure it was working as it should)


The Tree in the Park. 1/30s, f/16, ISO 400, 18mm

20 thoughts on “The Parallel Project – Starburst

  1. I have to confess to sticking with the aperture adjustments for my starbursts these days, but it’s certainly a useful filter if the lights not as good as it needs to be for small apertures.. Great picture too with the light streaming through the trees…

    1. Thanks Brian. I’m not saying the filters aren’t useful at all, if I had them I’d probably experiment with them tons 🙂 And I know what you mean about their usefulness with varying apertures. Always good to hear from you.

    1. Thanks Martina, the whole idea was Nikhil’s, I was along for the walk 🙂 He usually has good idea’s for photographic scenes 🙂
      And this gave me the chance to experiment with this technique in the day-time, at night it would have been easier 🙂

  2. cecil beharry

    Hi Michael
    I would end up repeating what the other comments on this photo read. With my limited skill, I am trying to figure out if it’s a sunrise or a sunset. I love the blue sky behind the trees, plus with the star burst, the shadows and the white peeking thru. I attend art auctions every now and then. So I see what sells. You have a big winner here.

    1. Thanks JP, I haven’t used the filters myself, but as far as I’ve been told (and researched) when used in the right circumstances, they give beautiful starbursts, and there are varying filters for different effects on the starbursts, but because the filter is actually engraved with lines to create the effect this can sometimes result in some image distortion in other areas as well (usually not noticeable unless viewed large)

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