Tricia Booker Photography

July 16, 2011

Sunflowers

“Am I crazy?” I thought as I awoke at 2:30 a.m. and then quietly slipped out the door, only waking the dog. But while on the Beltway heading toward our meeting spot in Potomac, Maryland, I thought, “I’m really not that tired.” Duh. I’m not a morning person at all, but, really, getting up so early was like a night owl taking a short nap.

My trek was so worth it, though, as I attended a Blue Ridge Photography workshop today held in a two-acre field of sunflowers in full bloom. As we set up our equipment in the dark at 4:45 a.m., the nearly full moon hovering over the field helped us with tripods, lenses and settings. As the moon slowly set in the west, the sun crept up, eventually adding hints of gold to the yellow field. Dew drops glinting on the flowers and leaves provided us with an incredible backdrop for macro work, and bees, birds and butterflies provided accommodating, although fleeting, models.

By 9 a.m., harsh shadows from a strong sun chased us home, but  not before we experimented thoroughly with lenses, settings and composition thanks to the advice from instructors Elliot Stern and Geoff Archer.

I have to admit, it was difficult to choose just one image for my blog today, but this is one of my favorites. Taken just before sunrise, I employed a slow shutter speed and used the zoom on my camera during exposure for an artsy effect. Spending the wee hours in a remote field near the Potomac River wasn’t something I ever imagined doing, but perhaps my days of sleeping through the sunrise are better off behind me.

8 comments

  1. Glad to see it was worth getting going at that hour. I knew you would have fun and make something worthwhile out of the experience. I was going to avoid the camera for a week or 2 but there is a local on Wed. with all theHamptons kids so I guess i’ll fall off the wagon. I’ve done that before but this will be worth it

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