Sunflower noir

While prowling the backyard this morning hunting hummingbirds (with limited success), I came across this sunflower stalk growing up on the edge of the garden where — no doubt — a bird had dropped a seed from our nearby feeder.

Sunflower noir

I liked the tracery of veins arrayed on the central leaf, and the way the veins on the outrigger leaves framed them.

But my fill flash — intended to bring out details — served equally to blast out the leafscape’s subtle contrasts.

The application of blue filter in post processing enabled me to achieve the results I was looking for in the composition.

As for the hummingbirds — I’ll have to keep trying, as this one successful capture proved less than acceptable in terms of both sharpness and motion freezing.

The 70-200 2.8L IS is capable of a whole lot more – I just need to be patient and do my part.

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