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Old Jun 10, 2007, 8:55 AM   #1
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Selvin, you have definitely given us a challenge this time. I finally had sun this morning, so I went off traipsing up and down my hillsides, looking for openings in the woods in which an elusive beam of light stretched down to the ground. I found several which met the general criteria, but the light beams weren't visible when I got close to them, only on their effect on the ground. However, I did find a friendly oak tree that was willing to stand still and act as a diffuser.

(First shot taken with Pentax K10D....Tamron 70-300...Av mode....f22...1/6th of a second at ISO 400)
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Second shot same lens at 110mm....f22...1/500th....ISO 200
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Old Jun 10, 2007, 6:12 PM   #3
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Well, Trojansoc, in my opinion these are not some of your better work. Both are significantly out of focus and the "rays" appear to be generated in your lens and not natural sun rays. I think these rays are a combination of the iris leaves in the aperture and multiple spots of bright sun. It is an interesting effect but not sun rays.

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I had not thought about the possibility of refraction within the lens, but you're probably right. We just had a thunderstorm move through and the sun poked out. I'll try again.
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