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.