Saturday, August 29, 2015

Seeing sunflowers from a drone

It's sunflower time! Actually, I had no idea the big sunflower field we visit each summer was in bloom. I heard they would be late this year, as they planted later due to a wet season. We just happened to be out that way and I saw all the big yellow flower heads. Aaron pulled the car over so I could take some pics. The sunflowers are shorter than usual but that's okay.

When sunflowers are growing they track the sun, which is called heliotropism. But once they are grown they all face east. Isn't that wild?

The bees were doing their thang.

Bee's are like fashion accessories for sunflowers.

We usually go out to the sunflower field in early evening for the golden hour but the bright sun and blue sky made for some nice shots this year.

You gotta watch your back in those sunflower fields though.

We went back later with Aaron's drone so he could take some pictures and video.

A new view of the sunflowers. It was a little tough because the sun was going down and to get the sunflower faces we were shooting into the sun. It was pretty windy too, making the drone want to go off on it's own.

For the first time I could see how big the field was.

A view from above the sunflower field.

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A drones view of my lb @lic and I out at the sunflower field this past week.

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I love these pictures I took of Aaron's drone. Look at the blades. It's called rolling shutter effect. This happens as a result of the interaction between blade rotation frequency and the frame rate of a camera.

It's also called the "jello effect" which makes sense when you see how warped the blades look.

Here are some of my sunflower posts from past years. 2006 |2009 | 2011 | 2012 | 2014

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