Wild Sunflowers

My photography and post processing skills have improved in the last few years so I decided to go back and re-process some of my older images. I'm not certain, but I think this is a wild sunflower. The image was taken several years ago while driving along Wargo Road. It was pickup day at the Honey Brook Organic Farm in Pennington and I noticed patches of these flowers on the west side of the road. I had my Nikkor 85 f/1.8 and had been putting it to use for over a month. I don't think I had a purchased tripod at that time or if I had not yet started keeping it in the car wth me. The image was captured just before noon and it was summer. There was a lot of light.

My post processing skills were minimal back then. The series of images sat in my Lightroom catalog. I did nothing with them.

The original looked like this.

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In Photoshop I removed some cobwebs. I used one of Matt Kloskowski's Lightroom presets to highlight the upper right hand corner to isolate that region and simplify the image. I like the result. What do you think?

Author: Khürt Williams

I work in application security architecture and I live in Montgomery Township, New Jersey with my wife Bhavna. Passionate about photography, you’ll find me writing about cybersecurity, tropical aquariums, terrariums, hiking, craft breweries, and capturing birds on camera. My prose is like a caffeinated squirrel—fast, unpredictable, and occasionally insightful.