Where - At Orange County Greak Park. This is really an Irvine City's Park
When - During midday in June, but it can be any sunny day.
First look- I rarely shoot during noon time because it is usually too constrasty. But as I walk to the ballon ride, I saw the sun right behind the balloon. Immediately I think of starburst and want to take that picture.
Composition - As you can see, the composition is definitely a portrait orientation.
Equipment - I used my 24-70mm lens, and set the shutter speed at 1/125sec with ISO 100, this makes the aperture at f11. White balance was set to auto and Style was set to landscape to bring out the color.
The Image - What I'm looking for is the balloon in the sky with the sun just peeking out of the edge of the balloon, with a small aperture (large f# like f22) to get thatstarburst effect off the edge of the balloon.
Action - I first set the shooting mode to Av mode (aperture priority), chose f/22, and ISO100, a test shot indicated that this is probably too dark. So I switch to Tv mode (shutter priority, chose 1/125 sec, and ISO100, a test shot indicated that I can shoot with f/11. That's OK with me. This is natureally a portrait composition. As the balloon was drifting in the wind, sometimes the sun was totally covered by the balloon, sometimes it was totally out. I had to move back and forth to look for the right moment when the sun is just peeking out behind the orange balloon. In the same time tilting the portrait orientation to ensure the balloon looks straight. I also changed the shooting to high speed AI Focus to ensure I can shoot continuously. Although AI focus doesn't require the image to be in focus for each shot triggered, I believe the balloon would still be in focus in between shots.
Image preview - I took at least 20 images, and this is the one I like the most. Some mages have the starburst on the side, some have too big or too small starburst.
Post processing - none, except minor sharping and change shooting style from landscape to portrait which gives a more vivid orange color.
Note - I wonder will it look better if there is cloud in the background? birds? sunset?