Shining through the Blossoms

  • The sun is captured in a burst of light shining through the blossoms at the Harris Street cemetery

On April 27th, I returned to the Harris Street cemetery hoping that the rainfall from the day before had resulted in even more color being displayed than on my previous visits. Sure enough, the cherry blossoms were radiant in pinks and purples and I spent an hour before work exploring various compositions in the cemetery.

One thing my prior gear had not been capable of capturing is a proper sun star. With my move to Sony, I made sure that at least one of my new lenses could do justice to this trick of the light created by closing down the aperture of the lens to let as little light in as possible. By doing so, the blades of the lens’ aperture created this sunburst phenomenon.

As the sun rose in the morning sky, I moved around the gravestones and used a branch to shield some of the brightest light and allow me to capture this burst of light shining through the blossoms at peak bloom in the Harris Street cemetery.

By |2018-05-09T21:52:42+00:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Spring|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


  1. Maria Dunn-Coleman May 11, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Nailed it!!!

  2. Ted Hawkes May 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Very nice! I can almost feel the breeze and the birds singing…

  3. Eli Curran May 12, 2018 at 5:55 am - Reply

    I just spent some time in there this week.. a little hidden gem. So peaceful. The blossoms are beautiful.

  4. Cliff Garber May 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Eyal, did you do a lot of tonal processing to get the exposure right in all areas or is this all from the one stopped-down setting?

    • Eyal Oren May 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Cliff, It’s a single exposure with a -1EV correction in camera to hold onto the highlights and then pushed in post but adjusting exposure, shadows, etc in Lightroom. The Sony sensor on the a7rIII is incredible compared to the Canon I had been using.

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