Sunday Morning Sunflower

Sunday Morning Sunflower
Sunday Morning Sunflower

The Buddha (allegedly) said: “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” I figured yes, I’d like my whole life to change, so I took a few photos to study at home since it was already almost 80 degrees at dawn this morning.

Not only could I not see the miracle of the flower but was disappointed that after getting up early, waiting for the right light and using a tripod my photos were not the way I wanted them to be.

Charlotte Joko Beck, author of one of my favorite books Everyday Zen: Love and Work wrote: “If we can accept things just the way they are, we’re not going to be greatly upset by anything.” I’m pretty sure that doesn’t apply to photography but it’s probably better than driving myself crazy.

14 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Sunflower

  1. I don’t think you’ve got anything to be worried about with the above image. It looks very nice indeed. Great light and good DOF. Beautiful details/focus in the centre of the flower.

    I think flower photography, which is what started me off with my photography hobby in 2010 when I bought a DSLR, is one of the hardest things to do. The slightest wisp of a breeze can spoil the shot, let along trying to capture white, red or bright yellow petals without getting parts over-exposed.

    Between you and me, I think it take lots of practice and thousands of shots before we get the perfect photo. Then, the next day, we might have a bad photography day and not get any shots we like at all 🙂

    I guess the most important lesson is, we, (I say we, but I’m generalising), just have to enjoy every minute of every day and live our lives Mindfully, knowing that each moment we spend in Nature is a gift and to be enjoyed – camera in hand, or not 🙂

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    1. Absolutely Vicki, I always tell myself that to be out in the woods or garden at dawn is the real treat. But I bring my camera and get caught up in obsessive nonsense. In this case the light was very good but hazy and I don’t like the color of the sky, which is ridiculous! Its not the only photo I’ll ever take and I certainly cant control the weather (I wonder if spot metering would have been better).

      Its funny, some of my favorite keepers are in terrible weather and converted to black and white, but the parts that I wanted sharp are sharp. I don’t think there is such a thing as a perfect photo, it just has to satisfy you in some way.

      Thanks for your words of encouragement and to enjoy every minute of every day is a lofty goal, realistic or not.

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  2. Not sure what you were going for that you didn’t get, but I think the photo is exceptional – I like the warm tones and the softness of the edges behind the sunflower. It reminds me of an early morning walk in solitude. Nice job!

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  3. Nice soft light from a summer morning … Sony is doing a fine job … and I, as others have mentioned, like the image. But then I’m not the photographer and understand your frustration. I think the Buddha knew flowers don’t get frustrated and therein lies their beauty.

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  4. i love this as it is. i know that what you may look for is perfection, but i’m going to guess that most of your readers, myself included, only know that how the image makes them feel, and it looks beautiful to me. but i always like things to be a bit imperfect. beth

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