Sunstar in New Zealand

Including a sunstar in your photo is a cool way to punctuate a photo, when you get the irresistible urge to shoot directly at the sun. Of course, it’s usually not a good idea to look directly at the sun or to point your camera there either. When the sun is peaking through the trees or around the edge of something like the Eiffel Tower, it’s hard to resist. (I do have a favorite black and white print of a sunstar beside the Eiffel Tower.)

While hiking the Milford Track on the South Island of New Zealand in September, I noticed the sun peaking at me through the mossy trees. I knew that if I manually set my lens to f/22, I could defract the light and punctuate the image with this sunstar.

Hiking the Milford Track near Milford Sound, New Zealand. Sunstar in the trees.
Hiking the Milford Track near Milford Sound, New Zealand. Sunstar in the trees.

Here is another image from the same hike.

A sunny day is a special gift in the rainforest, where 18m of rain falls each year. Milford Track, New Zealand.
A sunny day is a special gift in the rainforest, where 6.7m of rain falls each year. Milford Track, New Zealand.

Author: cathykellyphotography

Independent photographer based in Pittsburgh PA and Naples FL. Nature, landscape and portrait photography. Portfolio includes international work in USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Email cathykellyphotography@gmail.com to review work in your area of interest. Nature portfolio includes flowers and wildlife. Prints and digital files for sale. See website: www.cathykellyphotography.com.