“When you take pictures of nature with passion, nature poses for you more passionately!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Each summer, I spend a great deal of time photographing in the sunflower fields.  I find it increasingly more challenging to walk away with a different image than

ones I have created before.

This July, I went to the fields on five separate occasions to photograph.  I honestly would have gone more often if I had been able.

Here are the images I created during those five trips.  The final image is the one that I feel is unlike any of the others I have captured in the fields and my favorite for the year.

Sunflower and Butterfly

Sunflower and Butterfly

 

Layers

Layers

 

One Among Many

One Among Many

 

Ant, Bee, and Butterfly

Ant, Bee, and Butterfly

 

My Better Half

My Better Half

 

Profile

Profile

 

Dancing in the Wind

Dancing in the Wind

 

The last image is my favorite from the summer.  The day I photographed this flower, there was an intermittent breeze while I was in the field.  Rather than fighting the breeze, I decided to use it to my advantage.  I used a neutral density filter to block some of the light.  This enabled me to use a much slower shutter speed.  Using a slower shutter speed, I was able to capture the petals of the flower in motion.  While processing the image, I darkened areas to create what I envisioned while photographing the flower in the field.

I look forward to next summer’s quest to photograph sunflowers in ways I have not photographed them before.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     -Practice Makes Perfect  Magic

 

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (6)

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    Wonderful images, Mary! Every year I am amazed at how quickly these beautiful flowers leave us.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Bill! Such happy flowers!

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    Most people give up on the sunflowers at the end of the season. I’m glad to see you didn’t Mary.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan! I will always approach a sunflower field with great enthusiasm!

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    Thx Mary for the inspiration. Two days back I drove Group to Buttonwoods Farm in Ct- acres of Sunflowers & they support Special Wishes Foundation! Will download the beauties today & hope to create some of my own ‘magical’ images! Your work & your words are so inspiring-Thank you!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, so much, Ron! I hope you and your group enjoyed the sunflowers!

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