“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank

Each summer, I look forward to spending time in the sunflower fields.  The fields bring me such peace and joy.

This year, I was afraid that

I would miss the bloom as I had other commitments during the time when the sunflowers typically bloom.  Luckily, I was able to spend four days with the flowers that I love so much.  Each day presented different conditions.  Every visit allowed me to take in the beauty around me and leave the worries of life behind while I was there.

My Happy Place

My Happy Place

One of the things I wanted to accomplish during my time in the fields was to create this week’s image for the 52 Frames project.  This week’s challenge was details.  My great friend and mentor, Les Saucier, has been raving about focus stacking for quite some time.  I decided to finally try this technique with my sunflower subjects.   While in the field, I took many images of the same scene with my focus point in different parts of the frame.  Once in the digital darkroom, I loaded all of the images into layers in Photoshop, and allowed the program to work its magic.  I was amazed at how easy it really was.  Focus stacking allowed me to bring out much more of the details in each individual flower.

Marching to its Own Beat

Marching to its Own Beat

 

Details

Details

 

My favorite times to photograph are during sunrise and early morning light.  Each morning presented different conditions.

Good Morning

Good Morning

 

Objects in Mirror

Objects in Mirror

 

First Light

First Light

Each day I stayed until the light began to get higher and the temperature hotter.

Standing Watch

Standing Watch

My last day in the fields was a true finale of beauty.  The sunrise was one of the most spectacular I have witnessed in quite some time.

Sunrise Symphony

Sunrise Symphony

After the sunrise, I explored using multiple exposures to create an image.

Sunflower Exploration

Sunflower Exploration

Tired from the morning’s work, I decided to call it a day in the fields.  As I turned around to make my way back to my car, my heart skipped a beat as I saw the hot air balloon in the sky.

The Explorers

The Explorers

My last morning in the fields could not have been any more perfect.

The time I spent in the fields this summer took me back to a time when there weren’t as many worries, fears and uncertainties.  For the hours I was there, I had complete peace.

I will forever be grateful to the family who share this beauty with me each year.

I am thankful for the beauty of nature and the healing power it provides.

 

 

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Comments (14)

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    I love seeing all the different ways that one scene can be photographed. Thank you.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      You are very welcome, Susan! Many thanks for taking a look!

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    Beautiful photos, Mary! You are fortunate to be able to spend quality time with the sunflowers. I especially love “Good Morning”, where they face the rising sun. Beautifully captured.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Karen! I loved your beautiful image of the lilies! What gorgeous colors they are!

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    Mary, you’re an inspiration. Your photographs always give me ideas for some of my own even you’re in the US and I’m in Scotland. Thank you.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, so much for sharing! Your comment made my heart soar!

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    Mary, these images are just beautiful. I must admit a bit of jealousy – our local fields were not planted this year, and I do not know of a place close by where we can see them. I am delighted for you – and wow, that sunrise!! Truly a gift. <3

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, so much, Lori! I am hoping for better times for all soon!

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    You always find the perfect composition Mary. I’ve never seen the sunflower fields done so beautifully.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      What a kind thing to say! Many thanks, my friend!

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    Oh, Mary! How ‘Gr8t Thou ART! Love them all, headed to Buttonwood Farms in Ct this week-U have inspired me-again! Thxx& stay safe.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Ron, I hope you have an amazing time at Buttonwood Farms! I look forward to seeing it through your eyes and lenses. I hope you are doing well!

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    Wow. Such beautiful shots. Love the colors, the patterns, close-ups, backsides, and so on. You are a really great photographer. Wish I had your creative eye and dedication to the art. I’d love to start a project where I can learn something on a weekly or monthly basis that hones my skills and encourages creativity and artistry. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, so much, Helene! You can join the 52 Frames project at any time. You can check it out at https://52frames.com/.

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