Sunburst over Yosemite Valley

August 30, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

 

Sunburst over Yosemite ValleySunburst over Yosemite ValleyA sunburst forms as the sun crests over Half Dome and the rim of Yosemite Valley.

Here's another sunrise shot of Yosemite Valley taken from Tunnel View. I took this photo just as the sun crested over the rim of the valley. The sunburst effect and lens flare add color and drama to an otherwise very nice photo, making it something special.

I created the sunburst effect by using a particularly small lens aperture and pointing my camera directly into the sun. The lens flare is a side effect caused by including the sun in the photo. Normally, lens flare is considered a flaw when it appears in a photo, but here, I intentionally left it in because I think it adds extra color and excitement. I particularly like how it streaks towards the bottom left-hand corner.

The following is another sunrise photo that I really like; I took it just 2 minutes before the sunburst:

Sunrise over Yosemite Valley 2Sunrise over Yosemite Valley 2Yosemite Valley at sunrise.

While taken only 2 minutes apart, the photos are very different. The light was changing very quickly. I had only a few minutes to capture these images before the sun got too bright, making it impossible to take any photos while facing my camera directly into the sun.
 

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