“You’re wonderful. Unique. I love you.”
― Truman Capote

It just doesn’t feel like summer until I spend time in a sunflower field.  Friday was my first trip to spend time in the fields.

I talked a great friend and fellow photographer into meeting me at Draper Wildlife Management Area, located in McConnells, South Carolina before sunrise to photograph the sunflowers.

Although there was nothing spectacular about the sunrise as it was well hidden behind the clouds, the early morning light did not disappoint.

Early on in my visit to the fields,  I focused on a sunflower unlike any of the others.  It was a double sunflower, back to back, on the same plant.

Double

Double

I ended up spending most of the almost three hours in the field focusing on this plant.

Experiments with Apertures

Experiments with Apertures

I began by experimenting with different apertures and compositions.

From there, I used in camera multiple exposure to create some images.

Multiple Exposure

Multiple Exposure

Multiple Exposure with a Twist

Multiple Exposure with a Twist

Before we left, the sun was backlighting the flowers.

Backlit Beauties

Backlit Beauties

I spent most of my almost three hours at the sunflower field focusing on this one subject.  I took more than two hundred shots of this amazing subject.

Practice Makes Magic

Practice Makes Magic

I am so thankful for great friends, summer sunflowers, and the gift of time to explore them.

Whether you are a photographer or not, you should take a trip to Draper Wildlife Management Area now to view the spectacular sight of millions of sunny sunflowers!

 

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Comments (4)

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    Great find!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, Lorraine! It made me very happy when I saw it!

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    Oh wow! Sunflower photos are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Frances!

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