A relatively new trend has emerged in the online photography communities over the last few years that involves shooting into the sun or other bright light sources so that the bright light creates star points around it. Also known as sunstars.
I run across a lot of tutorials and tips of people explaining how to do it. Typical they all say about the same thing, shoot high apertures, anywhere from f16 to f22.
While this does usually work, it's not always the best practice. I find that shooting at higher apertures on many of our high megapixel cameras has a massive impact on overall image quality due to diffraction.
So what do we do?
Last night's sunset near Dockweiler State Beach here in Los Angeles. We've been having some interesting weather lately which means some nice sunsets. But it can be hit and miss. Sometimes I'll drive out to the beach and the clouds can be too thick and grey everything out.
This is a series of photos shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III lens. They were taken all Downtown Los Angeles near the Walt Disney Concert hall. My favorite place to shoot city architecture.
I recently picked up the Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III to use with my Sony A7r and my Fuji X-T1. I'm not going to go too deep into the ins and outs of this lens, I'll save that for my full review.
But in the meantime here is a quick shot taken with it on the Fuji X-T1. I have to say, I was not expecting this at all. The lens is amazing, especially with the APS-C sensor on the Fuji X-T1. And the best part about it is it also works great on my Sony A7r. With adapters of course.