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Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
93 mm
ISO Speed
160
Date Taken
Aug 1, 2011, 7:42:08 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Photon magic by Northstar76 Photon magic by Northstar76
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xX--MissTy--Xx Dec 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Looks very fake .. i have never seen any sunrays like this in reality.
Photoshop?
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The rays are real, I just enhanced the contrast in PS to emphasize them.
Reality is boring.
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xX--MissTy--Xx Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I feel that you enhanced them too much .. not natural anymore .. looks like an angel is coming down through the trees.

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:iconnorthstar76:
So many people, so many opinions.
I can only edit an image the way I like it. It would be foolish to edit it
the way you like it.
It all comes down to personal taste, though I respect yours.
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xX--MissTy--Xx Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Off course .. there are just so many pictures of sunrays to be found on DA wich are edited.
Some are just really overdone, No problem .. but would be nice to be honest about it.
All the best .. 




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:iconnorthstar76:
Like I said, this is not an untouched image but the rays are real, though emphasized through
contrast adjustments.
I am always honest about that but like your comment on my other image, it becomes
a pointless discussion when people don't believe it.
either way, honest opinions are always appreciated on my side and I respect yours.


take care.
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xX--MissTy--Xx Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for explaining .. 
Believe me i want to believe that it is real, but i make lots of photo's of nature myself and never
get results like that. I only see tutorials on the web about creating realistic rays out of nothing with PS.
And when i raise the contrast it still doesn't look like this.

How do you capture rays like that? By using a tripod and a low shutterspeed?
I make photo's without tripod and use ISO 400 Aperture f/11 and shutterspeed 1/40. (this can vary a little of course)
Please tell me how to do this, i would really appreciate it.
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:iconnorthstar76:
The circumstances have to be just right and I often go out there and find sunrays that are really weak.
getting up early on a day when it is promised to get very warm gives you the best chance of strong sunrays in my experience.
I do use a tripod and long shutterspeeds and combine them if necessary with other exposures in postprocessing
but most of the time I use a single exposure and enhance the contrast in PS. Some photographers use dodge and burn as well.
That's all there is to it.
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