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Dancing Sunflowers

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 1 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural.


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If you listen closely you can hear the music. A waltz perhaps? Alright, we're getting artsy today. Why not, it's good for the soul. After shooting just about every literal image I could of this field of sunflowers, it was time to have some fun. A 300 mmL f/4 lens, a polarizer, and a slow shutter (1/13th) and just let the sunflowers do their thing in the wind. Some frames I held still and some I moved the camera along the same line as their stems as I did here. I even did counter-rotations with the camera - just had some fun and pretended I was Freeman Patterson, Tony Sweet and William Neill all rolled into one. And why not? This stuff is fun to try every once in a while. This image just had a Monet feel to it.

Every once in a while it's good to break rules. One of my golden rules for landscape photography is use a tripod. But for this image, a tripod would have been disastrous, so I discarded it (really I just laid it down) and played in the waning light of sunset. Maybe I got tired of fighting the wind and as the old saying goes, if you can't beat them join them. So I used the wind to my advantage. I couldn't stop these guys from moving, though in my previous post I tried.

I guess the bottom line is to every once in a while throw the rules out the window and experiment. Would hate to count on making a living this way but on the other hand, this may bring me as close to creating an original painting (with my camera of course) as I will ever get.

I'm still in the eastern Sierra but will be heading home after the weekend!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/13 second F/7.1 ISO 400 300 mm

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