Sunflower shoot (northeast A2)

  • September 2, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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I've scouted out one of my favorite, local sunflower fields the past two weekends. The patch is at 50% today and was closer to 30% last weekend.

Park in the church parking lot and shoot the sunflower patch adjacent to the lot. They can blow in the wind, so I sometimes crank up my ISO for faster exposures. Other things to consider bringing-- circular polarizer or UV haze filter, external flash, macro lens (bees!).

Whether you bring a kit lens, point-and-shoot, iPhone, macro lens w/ a dslr, or all of the above, there should be something for everyone.

After shooting the field, I like to check out the Poitou Donkeys around the Domino's Farms offices... http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39977458 (they usually hang out at the curved part of Ava Marie Dr. before it hits Earhart Dr., on the East side of Ava Maria Dr.) There are also some sunflowers on the East side or Earhart Dr. before Plymouth Road, but I'm not sure if the sunflowers will be facing the road by 5:30 (they move to face the sun, but I haven't had a good shot at them from this side of the road... unfortunately, they didn't plant another patch on the W. side of Earhart this year).

If you can't make it for this shoot, stop by on a weekend-- that would be my first choice, but I'm going to be tied-up for the next couple of weekends, so I thought I'd schedule a small meetup before these sunflowers are gone.

Also, I work in downtown a2 and will need a ride to this shoot. If you can give me a ride, I'll buy you something from Dairy Queen or pitch-in a few bucks for gas.

Thanks! If you can't make it to this meetup, please check it out on your own or with a friend or family member while the sunflowers are still out.


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  • Phyll

    Thanks for arranging this fun outing, Frank. A great time was had by all!

    1 · September 2

  • Frank K.

    Thanks to everyone who made it out tonight! We learned that Tudor A (see below) was right on the mark-- although a few of the sunflowers moved, most were facing East, and a bright sun hanging in the west made for some interesting backlight challenges. An occasional cloud, baseball hat (I used it to block out the sun), fill flash-- these helped a bit, but a great time to shoot would be morning. Clouds and conditions changed; we had some great conditions for a bit tonight. I had fun... thanks for coming out, everyone. And a special thanks to Peter for the ride :)

    1 · September 2

  • Cynthia L.

    I just got this confirmation at 6:15pm AA is an hour away for me, sorry won't make it.

    1 · September 2

    • Frank K.

      Sorry about the late notice, Cynthia. Hopefully we'll get you in the next time we do one of these....

      September 2

  • Astrid

    I'm sorry, I'm no longer able to make it. Hopefully next time.

    September 2

    • Frank K.

      Thanks for changing your RSVP. Next time, esp. with a long waitlist, please let us know sooner if your plans change so we can let another person take your spot. Thank you.

      1 · September 2

  • Rodney D.

    Hoping to see you all today!

    1 · September 2

  • Phyll

    Looking forward to our sunflower adventure----rain or shine!

    1 · September 2

  • Frank K.

    One last thought-- those of you who have shot with me or seen my photographs probably know that I love to shoot in the rain. Don't let the rain scare you off... if you haven't shot in the rain before, the water can add a nice texture, scare away crowds/spectators, and the clouds we've had over the past couple of days have been quite dramatic. Having a vehicle fifty feet away is an easy fallback, easier than a full-day hike-and-shoot in the rain. If you bring any or all of the following, or wash your car, I bet that the rain will hold off: rain jacket or poncho; umbrella; modified gallon-sized Ziplock bag to use as a camera and lens cover ; microfiber cloths for drying off your filter or lens. That's about it. Drive safe-- see many of you there!

    2 · September 2

  • Tudor A

    Late last week I was looking at the weather, saw a good sunny day and ran out to the farm to take some pics

    https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=apmadoc%20domino%20farm

    The one thing I noticed, it seemed like the sunflowers were almost all facing east. I was there in early afternoon and even at that time the sun was creating shadows on the sunflower faces. I'm hoping for a clear, sunny morning to go back out

    2 · September 2

    • Frank K.

      Yes, they do tend to face East although their heads follow the sun to some degree too. Pleasant, green background with trees. I checked out your Flickr page-- the sunflowers seem to be out! Bright light, shadows, few clouds... I'm hoping for more clouds, but the forecast today is for rain... you never know in Michigan. So if today is a wash-- again, for those with an RSVP of "Yes," please plan on attending or adjust your RSVP accordingly if you change your mind-- come back to shoot another time this week. The sunflowers are looking good right now. I shot some new ones on 8/24 and have posted a couple of I/R shots on my Flickr page as well... more coming, but only after I get a couple more shoots in and pick the best of the bunch.

      September 2

  • Frank K.

    Just a reminder-- if you rsvped "yes" but find yourself unable to make it, please change your rsvp to "no" by noon so someone on the waitlist can take your spot. I hope to have zero "no shows" for this meetup (I will be checking attendance). See you there!

    1 · September 2

  • Peggy P.

    Another great place for sunflowers but farther away are the fields along US-23 between Standish and Tawas City. Yet another good excuse to go to the beach . . .

    1 · August 25

  • DianeG

    Office hours that eve. but I will try to catch it on my own later in the week. Thanks for the tip. Gorgeous photos by the way.

    2 · August 24

  • Frank K.

    This is a small meetup, so if you RSVP "Yes" but find that you can't make it, please be sure to change your RSVP to "No" before the meetup so someone else can attend (and also so you're not marked a "no show").

    1 · August 24

  • Frank K.

    [Also, for those of you looking for other great spots in the area, Michigan Avenue (M-12) has some nice fields: http://us.geoview.info/sunflower_field~11792_michigan_avenue_saline_township_michigan,[masked]p

    Sunflower Field,~11792 Michigan Avenue, Saline Township, Michigan

    I'd love to do another meetup to go there, but I fear i'm too busy right now. I would suggest not walking all over these farmer's fields. Park safely on the shoulder, use caution when exiting your car and crossing the road, and get your best shot from the side of the road without trespassing... check out the sunflowers in the area while they're out!]

    2 · August 24

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