Photo Friday – Summer Sightings

Happy day-before-the-first-day-of-summer! This week’s photo is from a 35mm film scan – I took the image sometime in 2002 when I was living and working in Maryland. I can’t even remember exactly how I found this huge sunflower (I used to drive around frequently looking for anything to photograph) or if a friend found it and alerted me, but I remember being obsessed with sunflowers at the time. If I remember correctly it was just on the edge of someone’s farm property, so I don’t think there was trespassing involved. Obviously my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure I went back to the location more than once, and on one trip I went with a couple of co-workers/photography friends to see it. A giant sunflower-sighting was practically an event for budding photographers! (No pun intended on the “budding” bit.) The sky that day was completely clear, and when I crouched down looking for an interesting, uncluttered angle, I liked the way the cheerful yellow leaves contrasted with the sky. I took a few photos at various angles using a polarizing filter, and I ended up liking this one the best. The polarizer made the sky look so rich, and in addition to that, the print processing came out extra saturated. I love the way the final image turned out and it always reminds me of summer!


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