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Ruth Hill Sunstar

A quick drive uphill from the ranch house led to this California Oak and hillside grass. Hoping that the sun might pop through that small slot in the clouds, I opened a beer, leaned against the car and watched. I turned away for just a minute, the sun snuck below the clouds, and for 2 minutes lit up the green grass. I almost missed it.

Photo Geek stuff: the sunstar comes from using a very small aperture and getting just a part of the sun. (Or by using a star filter - which I don't have.) In this case, the clouds in front of the sun gave me a series of good stars. A Graduated Neutral Density filter let me even out the exposure between sky and foreground.

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