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Sunflowers in Memphis

by Blair Evan Ball on September 9, 2014

Sunflowers are annuals with showy, daisy like flower heads that are usually 2-4 inches across and bright yellow (though occasionally red). Tall and course, the plants have creeping or tuberous roots and large, bristly leaves. Today, varieties have even been developed for small spaces and containers.

Usually every August, the Agricenter here in Memphis plants rows of sunflowers. Once they start popping out, the hordes of people descend upon them to photograph. Some just want to photograph them, some want to bring couples, families, kids, grand kids out to capture this once a year event. The sunflowers usually last a couple of weeks and are gone until the next year.

I prefer to photograph the sunflowers by themselves. There is something about getting out and decompressing as time stands still. The challenge is getting the right lighting (early morning, late afternoon) and composition. Hey, how many different ways can you photograph a sunflower?

I’ll sometimes use a macro lens, other times I’ll actually use a 300mm lens, to get up close for butterfly’s, other times a wide angle lens.

SUNFLOWER SERIES

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This photo was taken at dusk after the rain came through earlier. I took a wide angle lens and go up close to the sunflower you see in the foreground.

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This image was taken with a 300mm lens, had to keep my distance from the butterfly. Typically they don’t stay on the flower for very long.

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This image was processed in post using a unique blend of filters to give this effect. Although not for everyone it does lend a different sense of depth and dimension to the sunflower image.

If you want to learn how to photograph and how to process images. My two upcoming workshops would be the ideal learning environment for you.

Digital Photography “101”

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Adobe Lightroom

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Did you get a chance to watch the final round of the PGA Championship on the  Sunday Aug. 10th?

The young versus the old competed like warriors down the stretch with Rory McIlroy winning by 1 stroke over Phil Mickelson the 44 year old veteran. Phil was the crowd favorite and came so close. Rickie battled all day long and at one point was in the lead. However…Rory’s final 8 holes he came on strong, and finished strong to win the last golf major of the year.

Rory had just won back to back major championships, and the last three tournaments in a roll. At the age of 25 only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had won 4 majors at the same age.  Pretty good company for Rory.

I had the fortunate experience to photograph all three. Phil Mickelson, Rory McElroy and Rickie Fowler.

PHIL MICKELSON

FedEx St. Jude's Classic Phil Michelson 2014

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