Joe Norcott  

Sunflower Farm by Joe Norcott

January 2021 - Sunflower Farm

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I just wanted to start 2021 on a bright note. Here is a photo of a sunflower farm near me. They also sell great ice cream.
1/50 sec, f/5, ISO 800, Aperture priority

6 comments posted

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
This is a startling image but a great one to start 2021. This is really an image of two halves - the sunflowers and the cattle in the field beyond. I think the contrast between the two works well but I'd lose the sky which is over bright and adds nothing to the image. I think it could also do with a crop elsewhere but I'm not too sure what to suggest - maybe in from the right? The other thing is that the more distant sunflowers almost appear as a mosaic of colour which perhaps in themselves is the image. Not sure about the greens of the sunflower foliage but maybe that's how it was. Sunflowers and ice cream - what more could you need?!   Posted: 01/10/2021 04:00:13

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Joe, the Sunflower Farm has produced numerous opportunities for great photography over the years. And, the ice cream wasn't too bad a pleasant distraction. That said, this image is lacking a focal point. The cattle are almost blended into the background, very little definition to separate them. I have a similar take on the sunflowers - there is some definition in the foreground but then it drops off dramatically in the middle area. And, yes, the sky is a major distraction - white attracts the viewer and you want us looking elsewhere.   Posted: 01/10/2021 14:53:33
Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
I cropped it and I think this may be what you and Peter are suggesting. I think it takes away from the depth of field from the original.   Posted: 01/10/2021 17:27:35
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Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I love the repeating pattern of sunflowers and how they recede into the distance. I agree with comments about cropping out the sky. The brightness of the sunflowers doesn't seem to match the brightness of the background and locks my eye on them. I'd consider increasing exposure beyond the sunflowers to increase the background's contribution to the image.   Posted: 01/12/2021 08:16:10

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
I agree with the cropping suggestion but would go even further, I prefer the subdued background you chose as it lets the flowers shine as the subject. It is definitely an eye-catcher.   Posted: 01/15/2021 09:29:59

John Hackett   John Hackett
Definitely a picture of two halves. The sunflowers are nice and bright giving a cheerful feel to the picture. Then the cattle and the landscape come across a little bit darker and cooler in colour. This gives more impact to the flowers.I agree about a crop at the top.   Posted: 01/15/2021 09:49:35


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