Sunflowers are the best subjects. At their peak of bloom sunflowers have bright yellow petals which surround the center. When the sun hits the petals the flower glows. I have photographed sunflowers once before – in France. That’s when I got the idea to call them Funflowers. Click here to see the first Funflowers blog.
My friend and I wanted to get an early start so that we could get to the sunflower field at dawn. The field we go to is Draper Wildlife Management Center, in McConnells, SC. If there was any pretty color in the morning sky at dawn we wanted to photograph it. Plus, photographing early means you have a low angle of sunlight. This light works well with your subject because shadows are softer on your subject than when the sun rises above your subject.
Whenever you shoot flowers, be sure to look for unique angles. Don’t just photograph straight on. Look for different angles of your subject that might have a unique perspective. In the following photo I took an angle from above focusing on the leaves behind the flower.
Or select a part of the flower to emphasize such as this close-up of the petals. Use a long telephoto lens, such as a 70-200mm lens to focus in on the flower with a large aperture (f/4.0 or 5.6) to blur out the background.
The season for sunflowers is just about over here in North Carolina but I look forward to photographing them next year!
Here is my set up: Nikon D700 camera on Tripod, Lens attached: 24-70mm or 70-200mm.
Next up: My goal is to focus on the National Parks in this 50 Anniversary Year of the start of the National Park System in the USA.