Photographers use Star Filters sometimes to really make the highlights stand out, but if you do not have one you can use GIMP to reproduce the effect.
Star Filter Effect in GIMP
I was recently in Penang, Malaysia and relaxed on the beach for a few days. I took some interesting shots of the locals as you might see in photos to come as apart of my shot of the day series. So stay around and I hope you enjoy my photographs :) !
By the beach at Sunset - Penang, Malaysia