Reader photo: Before dawn

It's amazing what you can achieve with slow shutter speeds. Even a still life or landscape can achieve an unusual look, especially when combined with a narrow aperture, which can cause small points of light to appear as stars.

Erik Estrada used a 30-second exposure at f/18 to make this image of Griffith Observatory overlooking downtown Los Angeles before dawn Sunday.  

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