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Old Aug 1, 2011, 7:50 PM   #1
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Default sunburst/sunrays

Would love to shoot the sun and capture those rays! What settings can I use to create a sunburst?

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Old Aug 2, 2011, 6:12 AM   #2
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You can always try bracketing.
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Old Aug 2, 2011, 9:49 PM   #3
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Try using a small aperture (f/16 or smaller on a DSLR) and at a small angle to the sun rather than directly into it. The sunburst effect is related to the number of petals used in the lens iris, as well as their shape.

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Old Aug 2, 2011, 11:19 PM   #4
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I took a picture the other evening of the sun coming through the trunks of some trees (not posted) - practicing silhouettes. To my surprise, it had a lovely sunburst (and a not-so-lovely lens flare)! My camera (Canon T3), was set on full auto, I do believe.

Also, I know they make (or used to anyway) filters for this purpose, that you put on the end of your lens.
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