I photographed this Maximilian Sunflower during my last visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. I was not planning to photograph this flower but a friend of mine that was there photographing wildflowers as well found this flower and offered me the opportunity to photograph it. He had chosen such a great subject that I could not pass it up. The background is the horizon silhouette and some tall native grasses growing just behind the flower.
The Maximilian Sunflower is a Texas Native prairie perennial. It is a very desirable range plant as it is consumed by livestock. It produces a heavy crop of seeds, thus it is also a valuable plant for wildlife. It was named for the naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, Germany, who led an expedition into the American West in the 1830s.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II Digital Camera using my Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/30th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I used a tripod for camera support and Wimberley Plamp to support the flower. I used only natural light to light the subject. I used the Kirk FR-2 Focusing Rail to capture six photographs and brought them together into one image using Photoshop and the Focus Stacking technique. I finalized the image using Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro.
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The mosqito’s name is Waldo. Are we sure she/he is still among the living? Or perhaps chose an idyllic locale to enjoy his/her last moments.
Nice shot. Good on your friend for finding the composition.
Thanks Lucas. I don’t think “Waldo” lives. I zoomed in a few times on the six photos and it was not changing position. So it chose a good spot for sure.