Work in progress: more views of a sunflower

by     /    April 24, 2009   

Today I continued my third day photographing this single sunflower. It’s amazing how deeply you can get drawn into such as simple object. The more I worked with it, the more I wanted to continue exploring. What surprised me most about this work was how little it looks like it came from a sunflower. I discovered a graceful fluidity to the petals of this flower, a delicacy and feeling of animation that is contrary to its utilitarian and stiff reputation.

Sunflower 2 ©2009 Daniel Sroka

Sunflower 3 ©2009 Daniel Sroka

Sunflower 4 ©2009 Daniel Sroka

These are just a few photographs from the past few days. These are still raw works-in-progress, and will take a lot more work to get them where I feel then can go. But they give you a taste of what I’ve been working on.

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hazel colditz  (April 24th, 2009):

daniel,
these are gorgeous! you’re right it’s hard to believe they are from a sunflower…they seem so soft/supple, not rigid like i think of sunflowers. bellissima!
hazel

Stephen  (April 24th, 2009):

All 3 look great but I really like where the 3rd one is going.

Daniel Sroka  (April 24th, 2009):

Stephen: I spend most of today on that third one. I think I took a hundred shots of just that, all subtle variations of focus, exposure, composition. I managed to boil it down to 20 or so possible finalists before I burned out for the day!

Jean Levert Hood  (April 24th, 2009):

I love the “taste” and am ready for more! I am fascinated by what you you see.

Tara  (April 24th, 2009):

I’m really liking the color of yellow in these photos. I think you are onto something here. Looks good!

Roberta  (April 25th, 2009):

Beautiful impressionist feeling to these. The third image really has a poetic movement to it with the way the petals ripple. Nice job!

Josh  (April 26th, 2009):

Spectacular Daniel. Love these “peeks” into the exploration. The movement is awesome. Cheers!

Mark  (April 26th, 2009):

It is interesting that off-hand I wouldn’t know exactly of what flower these are from, but they have certainly captured all of the essence of a sunflower.

Daniel Sroka  (April 26th, 2009):

Mark: that’s always my goal. I like making photographs that are enigmatic, photographs that feel familiar, although at first you are not quite sure why. I hope this encourage people to spend more time studying things that they might dismiss if they were too familiar.

Michelle LaRae  (April 27th, 2009):

These sunflower photos are amazing! I especially like your use of color.
– Michelle LaRae

Michael Brown  (May 1st, 2009):

One thing that I have always enjoyed seeing in a individual, or a photographer, is that when they see the possibilities that exists, then they work it to its fullest.
You are one of those photographers!

Michael

Shell  (June 2nd, 2009):

Phenomenal…beautiful…liquid silk eye candy. Your photography work is amazing and makes my heart beat faster.