Farewell, Sunflowers


β€œI find comfort in contemplating the sunflowers.”Β 

~Vincent van Gogh

 

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Hello Dolly

 

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Pick Me

 

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Bangs

 

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Still Standing

 

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Crowned

 

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I’m Ready For My Close Up

 

“Above all, bring a lot of joy to your work.”

~Fred Lyon

 

 

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130 comments

  1. Great photography art! Bravo!

    Would love to see a ‘Making of’, how you exactly did this.

    Greetings from Austria!

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    • Thanks very much, Prattenberg. Appreciate your comment and visits to my posts.
      Glad you enjoyed these flower “portraits”. My setup for the sunflowers was quite simple: placed against a white wall lit by sunlight from the window and shot with 90mm prime (135mm equivalent) set on a tripod.
      The Tulip series are placed in front of a brightly sunlit window shade and shot in the same way except they are backlit.
      Glad you asked- I am enjoying creating this series of flowers “past their prime.” πŸ™‚

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  2. Those pictures are amazing! The slow dwindling of those petals and the different names that you have found for each stage is so creative! 🌻🌻
    I love sunflowers, such beautiful flowers and they emit such a happy vibe, even when totally dried up.
    I would love to see you doing a series of other flowers too!!
    And do not forget to visit my website and go through my blogs and let me know what you think of them!

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    • Thanks very much, Deb. I love sunflowers, too, and their beauty shines through in their final hours. I recently posted a tulip series in the same theme that I think you would enjoy. Appreciate your visit!

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  3. Your pictures is very beautiful and charming

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  4. Even as they wither into their next phase, they exude joy. πŸ™‚

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  5. Such beautiful pictures of the different stages of the sunflower. They are nicely highlighted due to the white background 🌻

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  6. I wonder if you had the “Pacino” or Helianthus ‘Early Black Heart’ hmmm just curious is you know

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  7. Hey – love the sunflower post – farewell and ready to be opened for harvesting those seeds πŸ™‚
    and just planted some sunflower seeds and it says 65 days til harvest – πŸ™‚

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  8. beautiful pictures of sunflowers and happy weekend to you jane

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  9. These are wonderful Jane! I especially like … ‘Hello Dolly’ for its pose … kind of resembles Carol Channing! I can tell that like me, you have a lot of fun with titles. ‘Pick Me’ … I get it!

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  10. These are gallery-ready! It’s fun to see how you find the personality and life in each subject – you tease it out and make it sing. Technically I know yellow flowers can be hard to deal with, but I see no evidence of that here. I think each of these warrants returning to look again, and again. I hope you print a few and hang them up. πŸ™‚

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  11. Loved this post so original and fun🌻🌻

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  12. Again stunning work, Jane. Different from most of your outdoor shots, but equally amazing nonetheless. Really enjoyed the short, sharp and creative captions under each photo – sort of gives the sunflower a different personality in a different moment in time πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Mabel, You picked up on my feelings that each sunflower exuded a certain personality. This has been an interesting project photographing faded flowers in this high-key format. So glad you enjoyed. Thanks very much. 🌻😊🌻

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  13. Really gorgeous photos of a sunflower. It’s almost prettier than when it’s in full bloom.

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  14. Wonderful photos and captions, Jane!

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  15. What a series of wonderful clicks!!

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  16. Wonderful. β™¦οΈπŸ™πŸ»

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  17. And you used a nice and good example.

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  18. So realistic and brilliant images!!
    Good job, Jane!

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  19. If that photography could bring a more feeling of the flower being stale still reflecting its beauty around!

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  20. What a lovely inspiring visit with you this evening Jane as I send you my best wishes on your Memorial Day. Your macro photography is stunning and of course I love the accompanying Van Gogh quotes. We recently went to the Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition “Imagine Van Gogh here in Vancouver.” If it comes to San Francisco you mustn’t miss it.

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  21. Wow… what an incredible series of these sunflowers! Great images, Jane!

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  22. What a fun collection with wonderful captions, Jane!

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  23. How many photographers would devote an entire post to spent, or almost spent, flowers? Not many if any others, Jane. And all are presented in their glory. Love the captions too. “Pick me”? I don’t know…hard to choose. πŸ™‚ Plus a nod to Norma Desmond in the end. πŸ™‚

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  24. These are so expressive… your captions are so whimsical, but they seem a bit sad too.

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  25. Absolutely love the presentation and innovation here, Jane! πŸ™‚

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  26. Sunflowers are sooo photogenic! What is it that brings our attention to them..maybe the rich yellow ..mmm 😘😍

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  27. Such gorgeous photos. Sunflowers are among my fave flowers.
    Alison

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  28. These pictures are absolutely exquisite, Jane. So much detail, rich colour – and those white backgrounds really help every picture to stand out. Well done. πŸ™‚

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  29. Wonderful images, it was smile after smile seeing these – thanks, Jane!

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  30. Even as they decay they are beautiful

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  31. Stunning images, Jane. Your captions made me smile in the happiest way possible. πŸ˜€

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  32. sunny wit !! enjoyed – eco !

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  33. I personally love rumpled sunflowers. Your images are great.

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  34. Love the details and the bright background!

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  35. Perfect examples of how something simple can have beauty that speaks to the soul.

    janet

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  36. I have always found it difficult to know exactly when to β€œtoss” my sunflowers! This post confirms why”

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  37. Flower inside our soul a bright transformation to the world breathe in and out sparkle of sunshine the Sunflower can be you

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  38. What a sweet tribute to their fading beauty.

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  39. Always worth the time Jane. I eat their seeds every day and it was a great way to say THANKS!

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  40. Flowers don’t have to be perfect, neighter do we πŸ˜‰

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  41. That’s a cool story through pictures. Brilliant work. πŸ‘Œ

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  42. Jane, your key light fading sunflowers are just glorious. I have a thing with fading flowers especially with roses and hydrangeas.

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  43. Loved that β€œStill Standing”. You named it perfectly πŸ˜€

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  44. The tagline is so powerful!

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  45. Thanks for the combination of beauty and fun. Enjoy your 3-day holiday weekend.

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  46. Flowers’ late stages often get neglected, yet attentive photographers find much to like in those stages.

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  47. How can I download this pictures?

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  48. Interesting. As I age I am appreciating fading flowers . Picked a magnolia blossom recently to enjoy up close and as it faded I was about to throw it out, but saw in it a new kind of beauty. Diane

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    • Hi Diane, You have opened my eyes– maybe that’s why I am fascinated with fading blooms (although it’s been a longtime love). I think their beauty shines through and gets better with age. Now that’s an obvious metaphor, for you. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for letting me know.

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  49. Your macros are exquisite, the captions charming…. who could ask for anything more? 🍷

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  50. Wonderful study, Jane! They do have a rag doll look about them, made me smile. πŸ™‚ ❀ Happy long weekend to you.

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