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Daily Photo – Sunflowers

So is it a weed or is it a flower? I am sure people in the plant-community get as exercised discussing these categorizations as I do about talking about categorizing photography. You would not believe the millions of words and sentences wasted discussing photography and how to categorize one type of photo. I can only assume the same thing happens in the flower/botany community!

I got this one with my friend Scott Kublin one day in the south of France. We had Fabien (the website designer) pull over on a tiny little road so we could pop out and get some sunflower photos. I think he almost got rear-ended while waiting on us, so he had to pull away then circle back to get us! On the second drive-by, he started honking so we had to run and dive into the car like it was an action movie.

Sunflowers So is it a weed or is it a flower? I am sure people in the plant-community get as exercised discussing these categorizations as I do about talking about categorizing photography. You would not believe the millions of words and sentences wasted discussing photography and how to categorize one type of photo. I can only assume the same thing happens in the flower/botany community!I got this one with my friend Scott Kublin one day in the south of France. We had Fabien (the website designer) pull over on a tiny little road so we could pop out and get some sunflower photos. I think he almost got rear-ended while waiting on us, so he had to pull away then circle back to get us! On the second drive-by, he started honking so we had to run and dive into the car like it was an action movie.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Jeff Peterson

    Great photo. We saw so many fields full of sunflowers while traveling through Tuscany but never had a chance to stop and take pictures because we were traveling by train/bus. Love the use of depth of field in this shot.

  • Susan

    ahh…beautiful shot – I love sunflowers – they are supposed to have special powers you know!

  • http://www.focusatinfinity.com/ Richard

    That is just stunning. HDR? Don’t see many 50mm HDRs it seems. Love that texture of the seeds in the center of the main flower there and of course the colors are right on. I’ve got the f/1.8D version of that lens. I believe the F/1.4G may be within the grasp of my greedy little fingers… :)

  • http://none louis

    Seeds from this flower are good for mens prostate, how so i do not know ,only on hear say. They are a lovely flower and over time there have been some great photos of sunflowers and I’m going back40-50 years. I have seen one that to this day has not left my mind and that was an african naked lady on a white horse with a storm behind her and a huge field of yellow sunflowers in the foreground. Not sure if it was in a book called Cowboy Kate or some other photo mag. I’ll give this one “pretty flower”

  • Jeremy Trew

    Weeds are only plants growing in places where we don’t want them. That means an oak tree can be a weed as much as a dandelion. It also means that “weed” is a meaningless term in nature and to botanists. Though botanists do have a wonderful term for those “weeds” that just seem to pop up all over the place; “Super-tramps”. Thought you’d like ot know. So, maybe how you classify your photography is really down to you at the end of the day.

  • Andy Bird

    I think the name is a dead giveaway – it’s a flower, although I do think weeds get a raw deal on so many levels. Once again, a very successful shot!

  • Julie Willson

    I love the bokea on this one.

    Sunflowers are beautiful. I have a friend who when on vacation this year and came home to one the size of a dinner plate blooming next to her driveway. There are some much smaller ones that I think are also sunflowers that bloom in an open glade at the nature center on the SW edge of my city. I think they look lovely contrasted against the blue sky. http://flic.kr/p/ajDUA4

    Sometimes, weeds are just weeds & most government agencies classify some of them as noxious. It doesn’t make them any less pretty. This one, was taken in the same glade. http://flic.kr/p/ajLD44

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

    Julie – thanks for providing the links too :)

  • http://justshootingmemories.com Daryl Clark

    Beautiful photo Trey. I am glad I am not the only one who has to dive back into the vehicle.

  • http://www.maugiart.com Noah J. Katz

    Nice flowers Trey. I really like seeing flowers that have something sharp and the rest out of focus. Very nice.

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great DOF! And those colors are wonderful.

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