The miles and miles and acres and acres of sunflowers blooming forever were gone. I didn’t necessarily want to duplicate the images I’d seen online, but I wanted something “darn good” and something very unique. Something nobody else in the area had.
I went out to a field (undisclosed location) for a sunset shoot. The sunset was “just okay” but I knew I had a full moon rising over my shoulders to light the faces of the sunflowers in just a few hours.
I jumped in my truck and ate a sandwich with my wife and Mother in Law who had come along for the ride.
I was waiting for two things, the moon to rise, and the breeze to die. There always seems to be a bit of a breeze at sundown and for my vision to work I needed no breeze at all. I actually wanted some depth of field for a night shoot. I needed it for this shot to be unique and to work.
The selective focus shot is actually three shots blended together. Each is shot at f8 with the focus point being changed from flower to flower, and then blended together so the flowers in focus are all in focus and the background is blurred out.
The Money Shot
It’s rare to get a chance at a fine art landscape where you can expose the image for 1:15 minutes without any breeze or movement, but it actually happened for about 10 minutes that night! Yippie!