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Mom ... I can't see!

Posted by
Larry Lefever (Lititz, United States) on 7 August 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

As worship begins, junior gets fidgety. (Thanks to my photog friend, Don for the tip on a new sunflower patch).

[For those interested: This is not HDR, but instead, three adjustments of the same raw file, 1 neutral, 1 overexposed, and 1 underexposed. They were adjusted in Adobe Raw Converter and then blended manually in Photoshop. There was a slight breeze which prevented the standard HDR technique of combining different frames. I know the one-frame HDR technique, but sometimes get better results masking the image manually. Hope all of this tech stuff didn't disrupt the worship service.]

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Wow it looks almost drawing like...I like it better then HDR man...This is incredible.

7 Aug 2010 5:26am

Barbara from Oakland, United States

Pretty fabulous, Larry! And you were so creative with your title and caption! Yeah!

7 Aug 2010 5:56am

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

beautiful light and composition ^^

7 Aug 2010 5:58am

QB from Canada

Tech stuff is good. No complaints in that regard. The title, though, is golden.

7 Aug 2010 6:10am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium


7 Aug 2010 6:54am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Incredible!!! Sunflowers in worship. It's just fantastic!! The info is very interesting. 'Preciate it.

7 Aug 2010 7:35am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Great scene! Worship with sunrays and sunflowers could be just great as well... But this low angle, showing "junior"-s viewpoint is so different... Excellent framing and title.

7 Aug 2010 7:50am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand


7 Aug 2010 7:51am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India


7 Aug 2010 8:22am

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Magnifique avec ce ciel !!!!

7 Aug 2010 8:30am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

This is an extraordinarily expressive photo, beautiful not only in color and composition, but it what is says as well.

7 Aug 2010 9:35am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Too cool, a great atmosphere, superb shot. 5 *. Good day.

7 Aug 2010 10:15am

Florence from Paris, France

As if they were looking a spectacle, an event (of course it in in fact), they daily turn their faces to the sun, to warm their hearts and petals. A lot of poetry here Larry. As usual, of course.

7 Aug 2010 10:25am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wonderful Larry ! The light is spectacular ! Have a great weekend :)

7 Aug 2010 10:37am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

This is my kind of worship service. Thanks for describing your process. It encourages me to try it again.

7 Aug 2010 11:08am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

This is simply stunning, brilliant in every way!

7 Aug 2010 11:18am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Wow, exactly as Richard says just stunning

7 Aug 2010 11:23am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


7 Aug 2010 12:34pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

stunning! 5*****! WOW!

7 Aug 2010 12:36pm

Jean-Louis from Villers le Peuplier, Belgium

Les fleurs se tournèrent et c'est alors qu'il apparut. Respect. 5*****++++

7 Aug 2010 4:44pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Stunning! Love the treatment - and thanks for the info. Just beautiful, Larry - Like the flowers are all watching the film of the day - absolutely wonderful.

7 Aug 2010 4:55pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

great shot. like a crowd of space aliens watching sunset!

7 Aug 2010 6:29pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Extraordinaire !!!

7 Aug 2010 8:30pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A definite 5. The perspective is excellent, the color.. the way the flowers are all facing the clouds in the distance.. you have a good eye.

7 Aug 2010 9:40pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

This is an incredible study of the real activities of the sunflowers, bowing to the sun before she rises (or sets?)... and showing reverence for the mighty orb.

7 Aug 2010 10:21pm

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Oh yea...great title and of course beautiful shot. My fave for today!!

7 Aug 2010 11:26pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful photo!

8 Aug 2010 1:56am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Incredible lighting and composition and beauty.

8 Aug 2010 2:58am

pixator from kerman, Iran

Very beautiful shot !!
Really well done !5***** !!!

8 Aug 2010 1:02pm

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'aime beaucoup ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche

8 Aug 2010 1:29pm

Michelle from Elverson, United States

Stunning....I see so many sunflower shots, and this is extraordinary! Great work.

8 Aug 2010 3:44pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

whoa - fantastic composition! i like the sunflowers "looking" towards the sun and the light in the background! this just works very well here for me!

9 Aug 2010 3:10am

k@ from Paris, France

Ha, for the title, i still smile while taping my comment : light is very mysterious & the flowers do look like movie-goers, excellent.

9 Aug 2010 6:15pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

really beautiful Larry!

10 Aug 2010 6:51pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Outstanding perspective and the sunflowers are lovely - great details and love the larger foreground one and the one to the right looking at it! :-)

11 Aug 2010 2:00am

Stefan from Oberaach, Switzerland

So beautifull, Larry. Thanks for the process description. Every day something new to learn. I'll try it this way. Thanks.

17 Aug 2010 9:28pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


20 Aug 2010 6:59am

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States


21 Aug 2010 11:44pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

haha, that´s something I tried too - without any techy stuff - the sunflowers here were just about my knees height - so the angle I took wasn´t ao very impressive, even kneeling on the ground ;D
Great light work! I rather work with masks than hdrs...

22 Aug 2010 8:15am

Marzia from ., Italy

I'm out of words..great colors and composition!

6 Sep 2010 2:01pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I really like the style of pp in this and all your this the method for them all?

28 Dec 2010 8:05pm