Thursday, July 26, 2018

Photographing Sunflowers

Sunflowers photo by mbgphoto

 Review of Photography Tips for Photographing Sunflowers

In Midwestern USA, July is the time that we have beautiful  sunflowers blooming.  Their beauty lasts just a short time, so if you have sunflowers near you be sure to take the opportunity to photograph them while they are in full bloom.

I saw some photos that friends had taken and posted online so I got directions to the sunflower field and was so glad that I did!  The flowers were beautiful.  I went just before sunset and was able to capture the beauty of the flowers as the sun went down.  This seemed like a perfect time and the setting sun seemed to light up the backs of the blooms.  Here are a couple of tips I have for you.
  • Look for fresh blooms.  Raggedy blooms don't show good on photos.
  • Turn your flash off.
  • Watch  you background.  A bright blue sky works well but I have also seen flowers against brick or wood that look great.
  • Choose your focus point.  Do you want everything in focus or just one flower?
  • Take some photos of the entire field and then zoom in to take that close up bloom.  You will be glad you got both.
Here are a few of my photos.

Field of Sunflowers photo by mbgphoto

Sunflower photo by mbgphoto

Sunflower photo by mbgphoto

Sunflowers Come in a Variety of Colors

I always thought sunflowers were yellow, but did you know they come in a variety of colors.  My neighbor is growing some pretty maroon ones this year.  I took this photo in the early evening.
Maroon Sunflower photo by
Maroon Beauty

Using People in your Photos

A sunflower field is a great place for family photos.  I took my granddaughter with me and here are a couple of the photos I took of her.  I love the look of the first photo.  The sun over the hill behind the field lit up the backs of the flowers and her hair.
girl in the midst of sunflowers photo by mbgphoto
girl and sunflowers photo by mbgphoto

Zazzle Products are Great Showcases for Sunflowers

Here are a few of the Zazzle products I have made from my sunflower photos.

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  1. Ah, Mary Beth. beside the fact that I love your photography, I (a former New Yorker) came to love sunflowers after I married a boy from The Sunflower State (Kansas) and lived a great many years throughout the Midwest. Your sunflower review via photos is wonderful and such a bright cheerful way to begin my day. Thank you.

  2. Your photos are always beautiful Mary Beth, but they are gorgeous when they include your granddaughter. Such a lovely young lady. I know you were pleased to have her with you on your photography "session". I always appreciate your photography tips. I often hear your words in my mind when I am taking pictures. Now I need to seek out sunflowers. They are my husbands favorite flower. I'm sure he wouldn't mind a sunflower seeking adventure.

  3. Those are truly gorgeous photos, Mary Beth. I especially love the top one after the intro photo - the one that's like a sea of sunflowers. I also like the one of your granddaughter looking out at a sea of sunflowers. It must have been a fun photoshoot for the two of you.

  4. Excellent tips. I love the photo of your granddaughter as well with her back and hair shining against the field of flowers. Long ago, we did a promo photo for our business, and we super imposed all the business partners in a field of sunflowers. Like you said, people in sunflower fields makes a lovely photo indeed.


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