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Looking up

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Maximilian Sunflower with Wispy Clouds 8510

This picture, like the last few, dates from August 31, 2012, at the Doeskin Ranch, which is a nature preserve in Burnet County about an hour northwest of Austin. To take this photograph of a Maximilian sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani, in such a way that I could include the dramatic clouds above me, I lay on the ground and aimed my camera straight up at a flower stalk that was jutting outward. Because the sky was so bright, I used fill flash to lighten up the underside of the stalk and flower head, which would otherwise have turned out too dark and featureless.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 17, 2013 at 6:17 AM

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