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The 18/3.3 SEM makes 18-point sunstars from its 9-blade lens diaphragm, with straight (not rounded) blades.
Straight blades tend to produce striking sunstar patterns as seen here, and even more striking at night, with a very dark background.
Placing the sun between trees like this can help accentuate it against an otherwise too-bright sky.
Observe that wide open the sunstar is somewhat diffuse; this might be related to the faint flare on high contrast edges in the DeChambeau Sidelit Barn series; it clears up at f/5.6.
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