This is about the time of year when the sunflowers are in bloom on the Eastern Plains. Yesterday, I headed out along 56th Street to make images of the sunflowers.
Now that I have your attention — I started photographing sunflowers at Bennett. Two weeks ago, I stopped here to make images under cloudy skies close to sunset. Yesterday, with few clouds in the sky, I chose to shoot these flowers in infra-red. The best time for shooting infra-red is during the middle of the day. This ensures that the plants send out the maximum amount of infra-red.
I got down low, making sure the sun was right behind this flower head.
Finally, I chose a high viewpoint, to capture the mass of sunflowers disappearing into the distance
Later, I made my way to 56th Street.During the course of the late afternoon, some 20 cars had disgorged their passengers. We had to spread out to avoid getting into other photogs images. In the image below, I focused on the sunflower in the foreground. I chose an aperture that would allow the background flowers to render out of focus.
In this image, I positioned myself to capture the three sunflowers in focus, allowing the flowers to go out of focus in the background.
Sunset arrived soon afterwards. After the sun set behind the Rockies, the last rays of sunset left red-ribbons of color in the clouds. In this image, I included the four construction cranes on the horizon with a hint of the sunflowers in the foreground.