Improve your sunflower photography with these 5 tips

Improve your sunflower photography

The sunflowers are blooming right now, north of Spokane just past Deer Park. Before you head up there to take some photos of the flowers here are some tips that might help you take better photos of them. Do you need a better camera? Probably not. You could even use your phone. Wait until evening. Did you know that sunflowers only face east? It’s true. That means most photos are taken when the photographer is facing west. Most of the time the photographer is looking for back lighting of the sunflowers because that tends to be the most dramatic and flattering light. When the sun is behind the photographer and shining directly on the face of the sunflower you see all the dust and imperfections of the sunflowers even more than when the sun is behind the flower. Also, it highlights the petals which kind of makes them shine. If you […]

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Sunflowers North of Spokane Along 395

Blooming sunflowers in Washington

On the drive up to Colville this morning I noticed that the sunflowers were basically ready to shoot. According to one farmer that I spoke to the warm weather probably has something to do with their early arrival. The main fields are just north of Deer Park and about 12 miles north of that there is another one. If you feel like taking a drive some evening, be sure to check them out. This map shows where they are located.

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This years location

Locate Sunflowers in WA

Every year they change location. I will post their location the moment I find out where the fields are. Please keep in mind that the fields are the farmer’s lively hood and they don’t want photographers to walk into the fields. If we have a bunch of people disrespecting their wishes they will ban photographers or make it difficult for us photographers to enjoy the fields, so please be nice. Thank you!! I drove out this morning, July 22nd, 2017 and found a few really good fields worth shooting in the next 2 to 4 weeks. Here are the three that I plan to visit in a couple of weeks. The first one will be ready first. The last two are not blooming yet, so they are probably about 4 weeks out. I will let you know if I see them bloom soon. With the above location especially. DO NOT DRIVE […]

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Every Year is Different When it Comes To Photographs of the Sunflowers

Fall sunset over sunflower field

Every time you go out to shoot the sunflowers it’s a little different. I wouldn’t think that it would be all that different because sunflowers don’t change, but the weather does and I do. And my mood does have an effect on the image. My mood is how I decide what lens to use. On the above shot the lens is really wide so it curves the image a little. I can compensate for that, but I think I like it the way it is.  

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Some Fascinating Memories of Spokane Are Created By This Photo

The drive into Spokane from I90

When you think of photos of Spokane what do you imagine you are going to see? What photo really says “Spokane” like no other photo you have ever seen? Is it downtown, or the waterfront? Is it the park or the view from the southside? When you think of Spokane you think of the stacks of the Steamplant Grill, or the Waterfront with the clock tower. But when you see the view of the drive into Spokane from I90 it really stirs up some amazing memories. This seems true more so for that view than any other photo of Spokane I have seen. People identify with the feeling of almost being home after a long drive. The lights of the city welcome you as you head down the hill. Parents wake their kids up and tell them to look at the city they are almost home. This view does more […]

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When You Are Bored You Can Try This

Go rummage through your Christmas decorations and take pictures of them in different settings. I take photos of old things if I am completely bored out of my mind. Actually I do this even when I am not bored. 🙂 I took an old ornament and set it in the grass and in the tree and it looked pretty cool. One thing that makes shots like this work is the narrow depth of field. Shoot low ISO and low F-stop if you can. It will make the shot almost abstract. Have fun.

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Some Thoughts You Have As Fall Approaches

Foggy Autumn Forest

Fall is one of the seasons I really like to get out and do stuff in. The trees start changing color and as the days get a little colder the fog drifts in for some amazing forest photos. I like to go out and wander in the woods during the fall and get myself prepared for the winter that is on its way. When the fog rolls in it adds excitement to the photos of the forests. Fall forest photos are nice without the fog, but with the fog it really adds an element that makes the photo more unique. I have added this shot to my blog for a couple of reasons. One is that I like the composition. The trees seem to be well balanced in the shot. Secondly, the processing it kind of unique. This shot could be useful in a blog which is why I uploaded […]

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Amazing Photo of a Winter Sunset on Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene is one of the most vibrantly beautiful places I have ever experienced.   This photo of a peaceful winter sunset by the resort was captured to show the world how wonderful this area really is. I don’t mind if you fall in love with Coeur d’Alene and it’s inspiring lake, but don’t ruin it by moving here and changing it into a city. Ya know what I mean? 🙂 The lake as been one of the best things that ever happen to me emotionally. In the summer I would ride my bike around its scenic byway. I would take photos of it year ’round. When I needed to have a moment of quiet time I would sit by the edge and listen to the waves gently caress the shore as I prayed and connect with God again. My family would come down and play in the sand and […]

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