Confused: Night or Day?

After shooting the awesome sunrise I featured in yesterday’s post (“What A Way To Wake Up!”), I hiked around the prairie and photographed other wildflowers and insects. When I came to a large patch of Helianthus sunflowers, I looked up and saw the moon peaking over the wonderful cluster of sunflowers. It was a bit tricky … getting very low and shooting up high, especially with the winds beginning to pick up (Snowball Hill Prairie, being on a hill and hillside, seems to always have wind present) … to capture the wildflowers in sharp focus instead of yellow blurs. But with a little patience and timing the captures when the wind would temporarily subside, it worked out pretty nicely! Here are some photos I captured:

Helianthus Sunflowers

Helianthus Sunflowers

And then I saw the moon, high over the wildflowers:

Helianthus Sunflowers and the moon

Helianthus Sunflowers and the moon

It should be noted that to capture both the sunflowers and the moon, at extreme distances from each other, I needed to capture 2 images, one of the sunflowers in sharp focus and one of the moon in sharp focus. I later composited the 2 images in Photoshop. I really wanted to capture the situation in one image, but even using f/32 I was unable to capture crisp images of both subjects in the frame.

I’m not totally certain, but I believe these sunflowers are Sawtooth Sunflowers (Helianthus grosseserratus). This species can grow to 16-feet tall. I didn’t see any that tall, but many were taller than me :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/3.5 (top 2 images), f/32 (other sunflower images), and f/22 (crisp moon image)
  • Shutter 1/40 sec. to 1/640 sec.

 

 

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  • Wendy and Cookie

    Good Morning dearest Jim!

    SO sorry I’ve been awal…catching up on long overdue chores and paperwork.. :)

    These photographs are GORGEOUS :) <3….what a great way to start my day ..it's 6.37am Pacific and the traffic on I-5 heading to Olympia and Seattle north and Portland to the south is absolutely roaring this morning, so your beautiful soothing images are lovely..My very first thought was how you had been able to capture both moon and flower so beautifully..thanks for the explanation..so glad you know your camera 'stuff'!

    You and your loved ones, seen and unseen…are in my thoughts and prayers daily … Cookie just told me to be sure to tell you that and that it is the purry, furry truth! A tad nippy ..no frost yet SW Wa. State..blessed with an easy summer and beautiful Fall and enough precip to keep things up and running..but no deluge yet!

    Have a peaceful and smiley day dearest ((((Jim)))) …fondest love as always..

    Your friends, Wendy and Cookie Cat xoxox purr purr xoxox