Star of Wonder

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© Charles Rushton
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Photo Info
UploadedDecember 23, 2013
TakenDecember 23, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D600
Exposure30 sec at f/14
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length116 mm
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A tree by Cypress Lake covered in ice from the ice storm. The star is actually a street light. I wanted to place it on top the tree, but that would have required me to stand in the lake. I did not use a star filter or add the ray effect in editing. It may have come from my lens not being entirely clean.

34 responses

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Outstanding composition!!!! Christmas card worthy !!!!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Wonderful!! Merry Christmas to u & ur family!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (23 Dec 2013):

    Stunning ! One of your best ever ! This could be a Christmas Card or Postcard ! I love this one ..... The blue and silver just make this image pop....

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Really stellar, the light is wading??? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Charles...thank you for your lessons and great work!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Wow!! What a gorgeous photo! Definitely a Christmas card!! I can't believe you didn't take the next step and wade on into the lake.....anything for art, remember?!?

  • Mary VanSinclair

    Mary VanSinclair gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Perfect title for a perfect shot!

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Wonderland ! Merry Christmas to you :-)

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    This is an amazing shot! Double the art and skill with the reflections! I love this Charles.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (23 Dec 2013):


  • Sharon Sikes

    Sharon Sikes gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Wow, great job!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    A magical night shot in every way and so perfect for the season. Wow!!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Magical image!

  • G Richard Anderson

    G Richard Anderson   said (23 Dec 2013):

    Fantastic Charles! I think I'd have gone in for the shot! Isn't that an amazing thing that happened?

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    Charles, this is a real jaw-dropper!! Well done

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    so magical!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Dec 2013):

    That's phenomenal!!!! What a beautiful capture!

  • Melissa Valencia

    Melissa Valencia said (24 Dec 2013):

    Wonderful! What a great "oops"! Simply wonderful shot.

  • Tom

    Tom gave props (24 Dec 2013):

    quite nice

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (24 Dec 2013):

    All I can say is Wow, excellent job.

  • Yeonju Lee

    Yeonju Lee said (24 Dec 2013):

    This is a perfect shot for Christmas!

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  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (30 Dec 2013):

    outstanding shot!!! Charles.. This is your masterpiece!!!

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case gave props (31 Dec 2013):

    Really nice shot! Glad you didn't put the "star" on top of the tree - it wouldn't have had the same impact as this image does. Of course, that's my opinion. I'm thinking too that the "star effect" is a result of your lens being stopped down. That's the best way to get those rays, but at night you can't shoot that hand-held. KUDOS on a fabulous shot!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (31 Dec 2013):

    Speaks to the season and captures its beauty.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (31 Dec 2013):

    Another masterpiece!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (31 Dec 2013):

    I love this! It is so beautiful! Love that the star is really a street light! It would definitely make a fine Christmas Card : )

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield gave props (31 Dec 2013):

    great effect

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff gave props (5 Jan 2014):

    Gorgeous effect

  • Miss Erika

    Miss Erika gave props (6 Jan 2014):

    Incredibly amazing!

  • aurelio laloni

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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Jan 2014):

    MonochromatiCool entry!

  • Ramos A. Photography

    Ramos A. Photography gave props (31 Jan 2014):


  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2014):

    nice capture, amazing

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