The sun sets on the Arizona desert.

Desert Burst

The sun sets on the Arizona desert.

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Today’s image could of been called “Ode to Jesse”.  Fellow photog Jesse Pafundi has a nice style of including sunbursts in his shots when the timing is right.  Jessie always does a great job of catching those at the right time.

For this shot I was wrapping up a late afternoon shoot when I noticed how the desert landscape was edge lit by the setting sun.  With camera in hand and hopping a barb wire fence I set up for the shot.  I was actually more worried about kicking up a rattler more than anything else including the barb wire fence.  Fortune smiled on me as I was able to get my brackets and escape without disturbing any diamondback rattlers or scorpions. 🙂

One quick tip about this type of photo: if you want a “starburst” pattern out of the sun or any other bright light, set your aperture for something like f22.  The small size of the aperture will give you the burst effect on your light sources.

Until next time…


Camera: Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-35mm

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4, Phototools 2.6

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  1. Great timing. Looks Terrific. That’s a good tip on the aperture setting. I wasn’t sure if it was the aperture that was giving me that, or the long exposure. Nicely done.

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