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Sunflower surprise...

There’s nothing like experiencing a beautiful summer’s day blossoming before you in the rolling Sussex countryside - but to discover sunflowers, expectantly reaching towards the sunrise (and sensitively arranged, just-so, into an east-west corridor, by an aesthetically motivated farmer) was inspiring to the max.

Sunflowers at Madehurst

Nikon D810, 14-24mm f2.8 Nikkor at 14mm, 1/50 second, f11, ISO 64, tripod,

06.40, 27th August 2016

Sunflowers at Madehurst

Nikon D810, 14-24mm f2.8 Nikkor at 24mm, 1/40 second, f8, ISO 64, tripod,

06.30, 27th August 2016

It was one of those mornings when I really didn’t know which way to turn and several of my shots ended up as keepers. The territory may not look that steep or hostile, but this was at the end of a mighty stomp uphill, around the edge of a flinty ploughed field and then through the stubble, nearly two kilometres from the car park where I first arrived. When I finally got set up in the positon I preferred to acquire a few shots, I moved back about twenty metres - and right behind me there was a lay-by and a main road…

Ah well, the exercise did me good.

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