...but it is better to speak of palm trees. ~ Arab Proverb
This one is for my husband who insisted that I needed to take this shot. Christmas Eve he joined me for an evening of shooting on the grounds of the Montage in Laguna Beach and while I was working a different scene he wandered off to do a little scouting. As the last light was just about to fade away and I started to pack up he called me over saying that I needed to come see this. Canary Island Date Palms are his favorite tree and he loved the twilight colors and the symbolism of the lone star in the sky on Christmas Eve.
The tungsten white balance I was using to shoot the Christmas lights made the twilight sky a beautifully dramatic blue. Because the sun had already been down for over half an hour at this point, the exposure was long enough to capture the movement of the star (20 seconds), but when I looked at it in post to try to decide if I wanted to try to fix it, I saw that there's a perfect little starburst around the oval shape of the star so I decided to leave it for now.