Brenda Fishbaugh  

Sunflower by Brenda Fishbaugh

October 2020 - Sunflower

October 2020 - Brenda Fishbaugh


About the Image(s)

We have a sunflower farm near us and I went to photograph at Golden Hour. It was very crowded, and dozens of family photographers shooting and so using my tripod was out of the question.

I was WAY out of practice, not having shot during Covid. This was my first shot and I was ridiculously slow--1/30 sec with a 100-400nm lens. But I thought it would make a good project, using only PSA Nature rules (no cloning, no changing the scene, dodging burning allowed like in a dark room), as I am planning on competing more in PSA Nature. Would a sunflower grown at a sunflower farm be not PSA nature? Not sure about that--can't do zoos or animal parks with animals, so maybe. No hybrids allowed, but I haven't found a list of what are man-made flowers, if anyone has a reference, let me know.

The setting sunlight was amazing, really rim lighting the flowers and all the other sunflowers glowed in the background, like my final. Thoughts? Too soft? Too common?

Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 100-400 ISO 640 263mm focal length f/6.3 1/250 sec

8 comments posted

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther

I definitely like the lighting and soft background. I don't think PSA Nature competition allows for cultivated plants/flowers? A bit more depth of field might have been helpful -- the leaves around the flower center are in clear focus and the center is just starting to get a bit soft.   Posted: 10/04/2020 14:43:59
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks, Dean. I like your version. What changes did you make other than the square crop?   Posted: 10/05/2020 18:21:07
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
A crop and a vignette is all I remember doing.   Posted: 10/05/2020 18:23:12

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The color palette presented here is very pleasing, Brenda. However, I would like to see more separation between the petals at the top of the bloom and the background.
Sunflowers are generally cultivated, so I don't think they would qualify in the nature division.
  Posted: 10/13/2020 10:54:17

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Nicely done, even with a slow shutter speed.
I personally like the vertical crop but would tone down a bit the highlights around the stem. Really nice light.
Love it!   Posted: 10/16/2020 08:02:22

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Great colours Brenda, sharp with a nice blurred background that lets the flower stand out. Well done.   Posted: 10/17/2020 19:47:37

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brenda, go to the PSA website-divisions-nature. Then you will find the explanation/definition of what is allowed and not allowed in nature and wildlife. The background is nicely blurred, and you have a nice color pallet. The image with the bud is quite interesting and unusual. However, the image is lacking in sharpness/appears soft in several areas. Which is probably due to hand holding for the shot. I agree with Mervyn about the separation of background and upper petals. I feel that the image needs more contrast. If you had wanted to include the lower leaves, the entire leaves should have been included rather than partial leaves.   Posted: 10/17/2020 20:37:41

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I think this was well done with the blurring but I agree that a crop would be a nice touch. Overall the colors are nice but I would try to increase the contrast.   Posted: 10/19/2020 13:19:43


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