Pauline Jaffe  

Sunflowers by Pauline Jaffe

August 2020 - Sunflowers

About the Image(s)

The subject image of Sunflowers was taken in the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area Department of Natural Resources in Poolesville, MD where there are 7 huge fields of Sunflowers.

The camera is new and my intention was to do a 'Soft Glow Montage' but that did not work out because my camera was set to JPEG.

Know your camera. The camera is a Nikon 5600, ISO 100, f 5.6, 1/800 sec. I did photo stack 2 images but they seemed identical.

I did not do much alteration other than photo staking the 2 images and it is difficult do to much alteration to a JPEG.

2 comments posted

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I always enjoy sunflowers and think a yellow sunflower against a bright blue sky is a timeless image. I like the colors. sharpness, and texture of your image. Was there something in particular you wanted to convey with it?

For my taste, I find the leaves at the bottom of the frame distracting because they are too sharp and bright. Did you give any consideration to adjusting the crop slightly to reduce the presence of the leaves? I think a slight vignette might also help to darken the leaves and help isolate the sunflower against the blue sky. I made an edit to show what I mean. During the edit, I also removed three small spots on the petals at about 4 o'clock.

  Posted: 08/06/2020 10:56:43
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Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
It doesn't get much better than sunflowers against a bright blue sky! I also love the angle of your shot though I think a bit more DoF would have given the petals in the background sharper focus. I agree with Walter about the petals in the foreground being distracting, especially the one that cuts through the flower in the lower right. I think you could have gently put that leaf behind the flower and moved your POV which would de-emphasize that flower (like Walter's crop). That said, I love the boldness of this image which, in my opinion, captures the essence of sunflowers.   Posted: 08/11/2020 10:35:28


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