Balance by grizzlysghost

Balance

Beautiful autumn day on Lake McDonald.

*The "star" effect is due to the blades of my aperture. Anytime you're aperture is closed down, bright lights (like the sun here) will appear like this. The more extreme your closure, the more extreme the effect. The points vary based on how many blades comprise your aperture. An even number gives you that many points (i.e. 6 blades equals 6 points), but an uneven number gives you twice the number (i.e. 7 blades (as in this example) yields 14 points). :)
Ria
Can't go wrong even if it is cold outside, awesome shot:)
October 21st, 2013  
Wow this is stunning. Love the clarity of the water and it is so still. Fav.
October 21st, 2013  
Brilliant!!!
October 21st, 2013  
S T U N N I N G
October 21st, 2013  
F♥v, what a beautiful capture
October 21st, 2013  
Super flare
October 21st, 2013  
Fantastic work. Fave
October 21st, 2013  
Gorgeous, the clarity is wonderful
October 21st, 2013  
Loving that flare and the fall colors! Fav!
October 21st, 2013  
Very nice
October 21st, 2013  
Oh so pretty and peaceful looking
October 21st, 2013  
Fav
October 21st, 2013  
Wow, wish I was there! Fav
October 21st, 2013  
Wonderful shot Aaron!
October 21st, 2013  
Well this is nothing short of the perfect Autumn image, beautiful
October 21st, 2013  
Instant fave!
October 21st, 2013  
beautiful!
October 21st, 2013  
Wow - stunning - Fav!!
October 21st, 2013  
Fav - Gorgeous!
October 21st, 2013  
WOW! FAV! What more can I say!
October 21st, 2013  
FAVE! Just . . . FAVE! Looks like the sun is going super-nova! :)
October 21st, 2013  
Amazing! Fantastic sunflare and reflections!
October 21st, 2013  
Cool use of the star filter!
October 21st, 2013  
@bjornert The "star" effect is created by the aperture alone, no filter needed :) When your aperture is closed down, bright lights begin to take on a star pattern depending on how many blades are in your aperture. In this case, I have 7 blades which creates 14 star points (because it's an uneven number). 6 blades would have created a 6-pointed star :)
October 21st, 2013  
Yes you do know about awesome. Such as this. I recently got a flare in a reflection that I was pretty pleased with, but mine was not a double job like this one. I'd need a different lens for that I think. Fav.
October 21st, 2013  
Great picture! I think that often of yours Aaron, but by the time I see them, you've already got so many comments I stay silent!
I suppose I could go onto Google and try to noodle this out, but it's so much easier to waste your time. :-) Technicaly, is this a form of flare? I thought flare was when light comes into the lens and "bounces." The aperture blades cause the star effect, but the light stays "focused," so I've always thought of it as distinct from flare.
October 21st, 2013  
@therubysusan Thanks Susan! The way I understand it, "flare" is created by reflections on your lens elements. You can see some in this photo around the sun in the sky, and the green patch in the reflected water. The form of the star (with the points) are directly from the light source, and with a small aperture (like f/22 in this shot), the light is being forced through the small opening. Since I only have 7 blades in this lens, the opening is not round at all so the light spikes on the corners made when the aperture closes down. This is less evident on a lens that has many blades (like 17) because the small aperture is still pretty circular. :)
October 21st, 2013  
Jo
Simply beautiful.
October 21st, 2013  
Great pic but also thanks for the information about the even/odd numbered blades causing different number of points!
October 21st, 2013  
I need a Fav Aaron button!
October 21st, 2013  
@nadaa Haha :)
October 21st, 2013  
Beautiful! fav
October 21st, 2013  
@grizzlysghost I must not have had enough coffee when I first looked at the photo - I missed the spots of flare entirely! Thanks for the explanation!
October 21st, 2013  
glorious!
October 22nd, 2013  
Really magical!
October 22nd, 2013  
Gorgeous shot - Fav!
October 22nd, 2013  
Caz
Wow ! Fav :)
October 22nd, 2013  
You may have been MIA, but you've been up to some awesome photography! Glad you are back... FAV! (Interesting info)
October 22nd, 2013  
Love the sun's reflection.
October 22nd, 2013  
Stunning. Fav :)
October 22nd, 2013  
What? This is surreal! I have been missing your stuff of late I think, these are amazing.
October 22nd, 2013  
Oh yeah, 'nother fav.
October 22nd, 2013  
Spectacular! : ) fav
October 22nd, 2013  
You´re a SUPERSTAR! ;) :D
October 22nd, 2013  
@agentzuckerguss Haha, thanks Katia! :)
October 22nd, 2013  
This is gorgeous! I wish I was there right now!
October 22nd, 2013  
Just gorgeous!! So clear, and glassy, and so vibrant! You live in a beautiful place, AND you are an amazing photographer!
October 23rd, 2013  
@panthora Thank you Osia! :)
October 23rd, 2013  
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