3 Smiling Amigos

Sunset over Sunflowers
Silicon Valley, California

This isn’t the first time that I’ve photographed sunflower fields. I’ve always loved them — I don’t have many memories as a toddler but I still remember playing with a few sunflower stalks when I was teeny. In high school I loved to eat sunflower seeds while sitting on the bench at baseball games (hey, I was designated pinch runner!).

Willie, Zack, and I drove over to these sunflower fields on a night that was predicted to have a beautiful sunset. Thanks to Escaype, the prediction was spot on and the sky lit up beautifully. We arrived right as the sunflower fields were at their “peak”, meaning the flowers were still blooming beautifully, their heads weren’t drooping, and the petals are nice and fresh. A week or so later and the heads would be dipping down and the leaves withering.

I looked for a set of flowers that filled the screen and found that here. In previous years I had taken vertical sunflower photos so I was on the hunt for a landscape orientation scene that filled the frame. These reminded me of the 3 amigos, smiling up at us.

D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
15mm, f/10, 1/60 sec, ISO 640

Aaron M Written by:

Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.