Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sunflower Power!!



A few days ago I saw the most amazing photos of sunflowers, captured by a local photographer that I follow on Instagram. I asked her where this magical field was and it turned out it was just 30 minutes from home. So I grabbed my phone, and also grabbed one of my vintage cameras, an Argus 75, and off I went. Below is a tiny sample of some of the pics I got...


This is one of the pics shot through the lens of the vintage Argus. For those unfamiliar, it's a simple technique of using a digital camera, (in this case my phone) to shoot through the lens of a vintage camera, thus resulting in a vintage looking photo. All those little "hairs" are part of the "dirt" caught inside the Argus' camera's lens and it's part of the appeal of this type of photography.


Here's another one shot through the vintage camera lens.


And another. 


These last two photos shown, along with the one at the very top were just done on my Samsung phone, without the vintage camera. I love how the sunflowers seem to go on for as far as the eye can see. Being in the field felt rather magical. And though you can't tell from the photos, there were people everywhere, all taking photos and marveling in the beauty. It had a sort of "Field of Dreams" vibe to it, and it was hard to leave.


And the bees! Bumblebees were everywhere! 
And seeing as we need more bees, I think we should have fields of sunflowers everywhere. 
Good for the Earth, good for the soul, and good for pretty picture taking!




11 comments:

Gina said...

Such beauty! And stunning photography x

Audrey said...

What a glorious experience, to be in the midst of all that sunshiny gold. Your photos are glowing. :)

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! How fun and beautiful. It does look like a magical day. I love the idea of shooting your phone camera through the Argus. I think you're on to something there.

Kim said...

Magical! Thanks for the great pictures :0)

christine said...

WONDERFUL! I love the vintage camera effect. Is this in Elverson? We used to live near there & I'm seeing pix on Facebook by friend still there.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

So marvelous, mine are covered with bees and goldfinches. xox

Sandi said...

Great photos! I've never seen a field of sunflowers, what fun to get so up close and personal with them.

Victoria said...

Thanks for your sweet comments, Gina, Audrey, Kim, and Sandi!

LeeAnn, (Nifty Quilts) it was indeed magical. And as much as I would love to take credit for the idea of shooting through a vintage lens, it's been done by many photographers since digital came into being. Not sure who first invented it, but you can find more about to online by googling "TTV photography" or "Through the Viewfinder Photography." Also, I think years back when TTV was gaining popularity there were some Flickr groups revolving around it, not sure if any are still active though.

Christine, yes it was in Elverson!

Corrine, what a gift to the earth you give by providing food for the finches and nectar for the bees!

Jenny M said...

utterly stunning photos! I agree, every country should be growing huge fields of sunflowers...they bring a smile to our face and the bees need all the help they can get.

Victoria said...

Jenny, Amen to that!

Diane J. Evans said...

These are quilts waiting to be stitched!! What glorious pictures, Victoria -- you are a woman of so many talents, and we're lucky that you share them all with us. Beautiful -- these brought a smile to my face.

Diane