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Sunflower Fields Forever

Sunflower Fields Forever

I named this collection after the famous Beatles song Strawberry Fields Forever. When I took these following pictures I already knew that I will see one of the last two remaining members of the group. These photos were taken in October 2018. Two months later in December my Father, who introduced me at a young age to the sounds of the Beatles, and I drove to Vienna to see Sir Paul McCartney perform at the nearly sold out City Hall. As soon as he walked on stage the vibe changed and everyone was only listening to him. It's probably just me but being so close to a living Beatle was special for me. I felt the same when I visited the John Lennon Memorial in New York City for the first time.

Fun Fact: The area around the memorial is called Strawberry Fields. I have planned this photoshoot for a bit then. I first drove by the sunflower field I few days prior, when I was scouting for new locations. It was the only good location I found that day.

I went to the field about one hour before sunset. Hoping to get a warmer and softer light. Obviously, I could have just edited the photos warmer but I'll always try to get the best composition and colors right out of the camera.
I used my Olympus camera. It's a micro four-thirds camera with limited features and the autofocus could be better too but it is perfectly fine for a beginner. The lens I was shooting with was Olympus’s 30mm macro lens (it's actually a 60mm because the 4/3 sensor crops two times in). When I use the macro lens I usually set the focus to manual. It's just easier to find the right focusing spot when you’re close up like in one of the bee photos. Also when taking photos of bees, set the camera to silent mode. I accidentally killed a bee with the sounds the camera makes when shooting in rapid mode. No other bees were harmed in the rest of the photo shooting.

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