How can such brightness be rendered in a picture? Please, someone help me understand how it is that white can be so blinding. Am I the only one who gets a slight headache looking at this? There were some ominous looking clouds over the ocean this morning, leaving the sea gray and angry. I think it is their dark contrast that makes the star so painful. Or maybe it was working Bingo last night for the kids’ swim team that makes me feel like someone stuck a trident in my eye.
I added this starburst to Neptune’s trident with an app called LensFlare. One can tone down the brightness, and I thought I did, but I’m not sure it was enough. Perhaps looking at the original will help:
It was an HDR shot, and apparently I added blinding brightness to just moderate vision-impairing brightness. That’s what I get for doing all viewing and editing on a computer the size of a card deck. If you would care to learn more about this larger-than-life sculpture of Neptune, please click here.