Sunflower and Friends

Sunflowers with two bumble bees on a sunny morning. A few weeks after this was shot a micro-burst hit the area and the entire field of sunflowers was flattened.

Nikon D750 Nikon 24-120 F9 1/320 ISO 100

Look closely to see the morning dew, other bugs and the shadow of the bumble bee. I tried to darken the background to make the main sunflower pop from the background.

My first post to the Flora critiques.

Comments and critiques please

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Superb detail in the flower and bees, Andrew, and you did an excellent job on the yellows, which can be very challenging. I do think you could crop the right side to just past the in focus leaf on that side of the main bloom. The sunflower is pointing just a little left, so you don’t need that much room behind it and there’s a brightish leaf or two sticking into that edge that draw my eye.

Nice and sharp, good use of dof placement

Andrew: Welcome to Flora and thanks for a good first post. For me the star of the show is certainly the main flower and pretty much all of the BG is distracting. I’ll post a couple of crop suggestions and I also brought up the brightness of the bees a bit to show more of their detail and did a tiny bit of flower cleanup on the tighter crop. Great to have you aboard and looking forward to more. >=))>

Thanks for the extra effort on my sunflower. Much appreciated. I like your square crops. Great stuff.

I agree with Dennis about the right side. I would go even further and just take out that torn leaf. The bumblebees are a nice feature. I think I would brighten up the front half of the bees to get a little more color and texture in them. Finally, there is a dark spot on one of the petals at about 3 o’clock. I would make that go away.


Great job on the detail and I agree with Dennis, great job with the color - the yellow is perfect.

So since crops are being mentioned, but only thought really was a crop from the left to remove the stalk there on the left. It would crop in to the bg sunflower, but I think that would be ok, and then combined with a slight crop from the right as Phil suggests to clean up the right edge. Minor suggestions at best.

Processing looks good and again, details excellent.


I like Bill’s edit. I would take it a step further and eliminate the OOF bloom lower right.