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Photo of the Week 97

Photo of the Week 97
It's Friday in the summertime.  It's so wonderful and warm.  Before you start into your weekend plans, take a minute or two to check out Cramer Imaging's choice for "Photo of the Week."  We've specially planned this one.  Today, we feature this black and white photograph of a wild sunflower for your viewing pleasure.

I had been looking at sunflower photos a lot.  It felt like there was a hole in the flower section which needed my attention and a sunflower was just what I needed.  I wanted to add one to my portfolio.  The problem was that the season for planting such flowers had already past.

I started noticing some wild sunflowers on drives and camp-outs we did.  While not the traditional large flower of agriculture, the wild version was interesting in its own way and much easier to get a photo of.

I happened to notice that one such plant had sprung up in the back yard next to one of the trees.  I carefully made sure that it stayed there and did not get mowed down by the lawnmower.  When time came to shoot pictures of it, I was a bit slow getting the camera out so it got dark too quickly.

Instead of chalking that evening up to a lost opportunity, we decided to check out some other options for photographing the sunflowers.  We tried long exposures and flash work.  The long exposures didn't work out so well thanks to the evening winds.  The flowers kept dancing and blurring.  None of those photographs turned out at all.  We decided that long exposures was not the thing for this shoot and broke out the flash to freeze the flowers in frame.

We got experimental with flash lighting and positioning.  We tried lots of different angles and flash exposures.  Many were interesting but not good attempts.  Most shots ended up with shadows in the wrong places.  A couple worked out with proper lighting.

When I went to process up the possible photos, I was greatly disappointed by the colors.  They looked a bit surreal for what I wanted and I couldn't figure out how to get them right.  Then I tried desaturating them.  Immediately, I knew I had made the right choice as the texture of the center was distinct and the photograph was no longer surreal.

Professional quality black and white nature photograph of a wild sunflower head in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho by Cramer Imaging