A Sea of Sunflowers

I was driving back from the dinosaur dig up near Canada, feeling awfully tired on the highway between Butte and Bozeman. The hour was around sunset and then I suddenly saw this enormous field of sunflowers… it was just sitting there… with no one taking photos of it… I thought it was a shame so pulled over and ran out into the field to get some shots before the sun dipped below the horizon.

These sunflowers were TALL. They must have been 6 feet off the ground. To get the shot, I extended the tripod, kept the legs together, put the camera on a 5 second timer, and hoisted it in the air again and again until I finally found the angle I wanted.

For you cool photo-nerds (like me), I kept the ISO at 320 and EV+2. The lens was at 14mm and the ap at 4.8. The exposure was .004 secs.

A Sea of Sunflowers

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  • http://www.carlosparadinha.com Carlos Paradinha

    You seem to have this knack for being at the right place at the right time with a camera and a tripod. From now on, I’m carrying my camera everywhere I go. The tripod as well. I don’t think mine is as good or sturdy as yours (mine’s used and a little worn out now…), but it’ll have to do til I find a better one.
    Exquisite capture, Trey. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us, and sacrificing your shoulders (pain is temporary, the image is forever…) to get it.
    You da man.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_davies/ Michael Davies


    You’d better check this guy – it seems to me that he’s ripping off your shots:

    Good Luck

  • http://blog.verdandi.co.nz chocolate covered musings

    i have been following your photos for a while and had to comment on this one, it’s amazing (sunflowers are my favourite)


  • Susan

    Michael is right! That guy is ripping off your photos! I went to the comments on the fireworks picture and everyone on there told him they were yours! The sunflowers are lovely by the way!

  • Brian Rickard

    Thank you for the “photo-nerd” add at the end, very helpful for us aspiring amateurs!

    Fantastic picture by the way.

  • Sniff

    Another amazing picture. Love the colors and the burst of sun. A vibrant touch that one has :-)

  • http://altread879.blogspot.com Allison

    This picture is amazing! Sunflowers are one of the prettiest flowers



  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks y’all — glad you like the sunflowers so much!

  • Dr. Electro

    Look into it, Trey. The similarities are too high to be coincidental.

  • Raul

    I just wanted to tell you how much this picture means to me. My friend died in an accident last Sunday. He had always loved sunflowers. Whenever he was angry or sad, he thought of the colour yellow, and he thought of sunflowers. You posted this picture the next day and you don’t know how much it means to me, his friends, his girlfriends, and all of us that have been shocked by this tragedy.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks Raul… glad I could help in a quantum intentional way…

    I will look into it Electro – :)

  • http://hansmast.com/ Hans Mast

    I second the thanks for technical details. Thanks! Keep ‘em coming. It’s quite helpful.

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  • http://slishacrazy.blogspot.com TF

    I’m crazy about sunflowers and now you are my new god :)

  • http://stuckincustoms vicki

    my dear, I have lived a full life ,but have never or will naver seen the things you have. Your pics just reach right into my soul, keep up the wonderful things you do. I love and appreciate your work love grandma vicki

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