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What light thru yon snag breaks?

What light thru yon snag breaks?
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-30
Categories: Sky
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-54 f/2.8-3.5, Hoya 67mm Pro 1D Cir Polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-16 20:14
Viewed: 3697
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As you might expect, I got a fair amount of shots dealing with deadwood! This image kicks off my deadwood miniseries with a somewhat experimental shot of the sun shining through a large hollow knot.
I kept my circular polarizer on, but I really don't know if that helped or hindered the photo.

Additional note:

My favorite aperture setting for getting the sunrays is F16. That works best with this particular lens anyway, but in a general sense such an aperture or even smaller works best for getting light rays. F16 though is a good aperture as it's quite small yet not on the extreme end of most lenses, so image quality is not compromised.

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Boy, you got one with a lot of rays. I tried and tried to get a starburst and finally managed one which I will post one of these days.... it isn't nearly so dramatic though. I agree, dead wood can provide some interesting compositions. Nice job.

Evelynn ; )

I have just bought this mystical polarizer filter Today Tim and when I look at this wonderful picture, I have no doubt that I did a good thing :))))

I just can't wait to try some pictures like this one. The effect is perfect to me with no OE, beautiful colors and details in the darker tones; equilibrated lightning where it counts, I like it a lot. Congrats!

Hi Tim
I really like that effect you got with the sun rays through the knot in the dead tree ageist the blue sky.
Great job!!! Thanks for sharing

Interesting notes and wonderfull composition.

Hello Tim! Wonderful object. Wonderful light and shadow. Great effect. Regards!

The thumbnail just begs to be viewed full size for everyone. I think the amount of sun ray coming through is nice. Along with the silhouettes and deep blue it makes a really good photo.

Nice use of this hard to get right technique. Just think back to how much trying to do this with film would have cost. Anyway it works well in this picture.


Very unique composition. I like it that you take chances and try new and different concept. Very cool. This is a good un! :)

Hi Tim,
Superb shot. Shooting into the sun but still getting good colors and texture in the trees and landscape. I really like the creative idea behind this photo and the timing seems to be perfect.

Hi Tim

Very great shot, good eyes!! the sun is perfect!


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