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December 20, 2010

Ooh, look what I discovered!

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While I had the tripod set up this weekend to get a picture of the Christmas village, I turned around and started randomly  shooting at my Christmas tree with different settings.  All of a sudden, with a tiny aperture and loooonnngggg shutter speed, I found these:

Star-shaped glow from the Christmas lights!  I may be a bit naive in my discovery – I imagine you seasoned DSLR users have probably known this trick for a long time.  But it was new to me, so I continued to play:

So much fun!  I giggled and gasped like a kid!  I even turned my new star-shape making on to the lighthouse that goes with the Chirstmas village:

I love learning new things with Andre!:mrgreen:


  1. The stars are beautiful! #3 is my fav.

    Comment by Becky Sue — December 20, 2010 @ 7:12 am | Reply

    • Thanks! I love making new discoveries with the camera!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  2. Isn’t it fun?! Another joy of digital photography🙂
    My favorite is the lighthouse.

    Comment by thedailyclick — December 20, 2010 @ 7:20 am | Reply

  3. Oh boy that looks like fun. I like #3 best, too, but they’re all fun. I wonder if this works with other kinds of sparkles? Like sunlight on snow or ice or water? Or on a droplet of water on a leaf? Wah!! I wanna big girl camera!

    Comment by Gerry — December 20, 2010 @ 7:59 am | Reply

    • I bet it would work with patience and a tripod with other types of sparklies! Next time I have the opportunity to try, I definitely will. Scott says you can do it with the point and shoot too.

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  4. Gorgeous, Karen!! You have given me something to try out! Was this with your new lens? How long was your shutter speed? GREAT job – I LOVE it!! 🙂

    Comment by photobyholly — December 20, 2010 @ 8:04 am | Reply

    • Ummmm… shoot, I didn’t upload this batch to Flickr so I don’t remember the settings exactly. Yes, I was using the 50mm lens. I think the ap was something like 36 and the shutterspeed was around 10 seconds! I guess I could look at them in the camera – they are still on my memory card. I’ll try to remember to have a look later and get back to you!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

      • Yup, I checked, Holly – f36 on the ap and anywhere from 8 to 15 full seconds on the shutter.

        Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

      • f36, that IS small – I don’t even know if my camera goes down that low! F22 is the lowest I’ve used – but I’ll check! Thanks so much for checking, I’d still love to try something like this!! 🙂

        Comment by photobyholly — December 20, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

      • That may be more of the fabulousness of the 50 mm lens! I know it is known for the big ap, but maybe for the small ap too? I’m too new to all this stuff to know for sure.

        Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

  5. Oh, the lighthouse is fabulous!!! I wonder if I could accomplish this with the point & shoot and a tripod? Hmmm… a challenge!

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — December 20, 2010 @ 8:30 am | Reply

    • Try Landscape mode, Jennifer. That will give you the smallest aperture for your camera.

      Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 20, 2010 @ 9:24 am | Reply

      • I did it, I did it! I have Manual mode on my camera – I got starbursts! Will post on flickr.🙂

        Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — December 20, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    • Thank you! Scott says you can – give it a try!🙂

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  6. Starbursts can be created with the right lens, small apertures and secular light sources (aka tree lights). Works well with the Sun, too. Look at the last photo in this post: Catching Some Waves

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 20, 2010 @ 9:23 am | Reply

    • Nice picture! I’ll have to remember this next time I’m in place for a good sunset!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  7. hehehe…beautiful. Guess what I am doing right now?

    Comment by burstmode — December 20, 2010 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  8. Cool! How did you do that?

    Comment by Andrea — December 20, 2010 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! 50 mm lens, teeny tiny aperture, loooooonnnnggg shutter speed, tripod.

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  9. Very pretty! There is so much fun to be had with a camera and a Christmas tree🙂. Happy discovering🙂

    Comment by plainmama — December 20, 2010 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Amy! Hope the crew is feeling better at your place!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  10. I love the starry light house: think of all the tiny ships it has guided safely home!

    Comment by aubrey — December 21, 2010 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Aubrey! And thanks for visiting my blog today.

      Comment by Karma — December 21, 2010 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  11. Beautiful stars! I love when I discover new stuff like that. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — December 22, 2010 @ 9:42 am | Reply

    • Thank you! I hope I have plenty of discoveries yet to come!

      Comment by Karma — December 22, 2010 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  12. LOL! You do make me smile, Karma! Your excitement at this ‘discovery’ is palatable! And a joy to read about! THIS, my friend, is the fun part of photography! I hope you never tire of it!🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — December 22, 2010 @ 9:47 am | Reply

    • I don’t feel like I could ever get tired of it! I’m glad you got a smile popping over here today.

      Comment by Karma — December 22, 2010 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  13. Haha… Yeah that is one great bonus with DSLR’s… That’s one thing I like to play with when doing nightshots, closing the aperture down to get the starbursts… Keep playing, as there’s plenty more things to discover… Love the shots too btw..🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — December 22, 2010 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Brian. I’m looking forward to more discoveries!

      Comment by Karma — December 22, 2010 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

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  15. C’est magique, ces étoiles ! Quelle belle découverte🙂

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 27, 2010 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

    • Merci! Ces étoiles ont été très amusant.

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  16. […] photo leaves me with a question for those of you who’d be in the know.  After my recent discovery of starbursts at a small aperture, I was curious about what a small aperture out in bright sunshine […]

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