Peter Kun Frary | Photographer

MacKerricher State Park Grove & Sunset • Fort Bragg CA

Above: The "sun star" technique is simple: stop down to F16 or 22 and point lens at sun. The resulting diffraction yields star points. Besides, it was too early (i.e., bright) to directly shoot the sun so tucking it behind a tree and stopping down gave me a usable image.

Below: The sky was getting increasinly orange-yellow but the sun was still too bright so I tucked Old Sol behind a branch and zoomed in.

EOS 5D2 & EF 24-105 4L IS USM

Contrast is getting manageable as the sun descends lower into the horizon mist. Note the more defined disk and the cooler upper sky tone.

EOS 60D & EF-s 17-85 4.0-5.6 IS USM (Photo by Seil Frary)

Within a few minutes, the contrast level dropped and it was like shooting ducks in a barrel. Why? The atmosphere is more dense and misty near the horizon, resulting in a dimmer and more filtered sun as it descends. And that translates into a more evenly lit sky and less diddling of the exposure compensation dial.

EOS 5D2 & EF 24-105 4L IS USM

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