Jun. 11, 2017

tall sunflower, Helianthus gigantea

One of the most tried and true tricks for the eye is the rule of thirds. Divide the frame from left to right, and top to bottom into thirds. The lines that form the resulting box are a good place to put the center of interest of your image. Presto, the tall sunflower is more eye catching, and a lot less boring than if it were just another centered shot. In this case it also gets us closer while still including the full length of some of the rays. The detail it enables for the center flowers adds to the interest. The same idea was used for yesterday's tuckahoe, adding to what was not as showy a shot as a sunflower. Tall sunflowers grow in open damp areas with pH at least a little off center, in AL, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL(E), IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, AB, NB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/22/10.