Autumn trees in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan
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Autumn in Yoyogi Park: the last of the sun

For part of yesterday I was teaching Daniel, who I first met when I co-ran a workshop here in Tokyo with Trey Ratcliff.

We spent some time in the photo-library and cafe at the Canon S Tower in Shinagawa, working on some photo history and visual literacy stuff.

After that we headed to Yoyogi Park to check out the trees and shoot a few pictures.

This was one I got as we were leaving the park: I was showing Daniel how to get the starburst on the sun that was coming through the trees. Pretty simple really, just make sure you stop-down to around f/8 or smaller.. and that small aperture naturally makes the specular light [in this case the sun] go into a starburst. With the low light in the park near sunset, to get f/8 and a sensible shutter-speed to hold the camera still we had to juggle our settings a bit. I think I ended up shooting this at around 1600ISO, 1/200th sec and f/8. I needed the 1/200th because I was using a heavy telephoto lens without stabilisation. I can usually hold this lens down to around 1/60th or lower but my arms were tired....


  • Nikon D700
  • Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8