Fabricated Unlikelihood Of A Sunflower In Love

Heart-Shaped Sunflower Manipulation

The other day I went out shortly after sunrise to catch two small fields of sunflowers with my camera. I did mange a couple of nice shots and one “interesting” image that I grabbed from an oblique angle. It might have been fine by itself but I imagined a reflected image creating something more. So I fired up Photoshop Elements and flipped the right side over the left and voila – had a heart-shaped sunflower. Had it been red instead of yellow I might have had the makings of a Valentine’s Card. While I don’t mind taking a different view I don’t want to mess with Mother Nature too much (like making a yellow flower into a red flower). 🙂

Sunflower HeartWhile it is somewhat heart-shaped it also has some other possibilities. I posted the image over at Fine Art America and asked for suggestions. Wow! I was both surprised and impressed with the variety of images seen within this sunflower. Some were rather remarkable and insightful – and gave me a new perspective on what I had created.

To read all about it (and to see a larger version of this image in more detail) click on over to my online gallery at US Pictures dot com. Either click the photo above or click: http://uspictures.com/featured/many-faces-of-a-sunflower-bill-swartwout.html.


BTW, the title for this post was gleaned from a suggestion by RG Kernodle Art.
BTW #2 – Camera used was an Olympus E-M10 (mft) with a 40-150mm m.Zuiko Lens.

Dune Fence at Fenwick Island State Park

Sometimes being at the beach can produce interesting photographs without actually shooting the ocean.

Fenwick Island Dune Fence and Shadows

I didn’t go to the water’s edge because there was so much salt spray I didn’t feel comfortable being there with my cameras. I explored and shot a variety of fence and shadow patterns and picked this one to share.

To see more of my work please visit USPictures.com.

Flags for Heroes Fill a Field and a Need

The need is, of course, to help spread the patriotism that is Memorial Day in the United States. We should all remember those who fought and sacrificed to provide and maintain the freedoms we all enjoy. These 450+ American Flags surely impressed many thousands of drivers as they passed by. I know they impressed me. The sight was both awesome and humbling.

Flags For Heroes in Easton MD

The Easton Rotary Club sponsored their “Flags for Heroes” at the Talbot County Community Center, just north of Easton, MD on the south side of Rt. 50. I just had to pull off the highway to capture a few shots of this incredible display.

I also want to share this wonderful project and have made this image available as an art print at my USPictures.com website.

This image is also available on a Throw Pillow and on a Tote Bag, which would be perfect for the beach or a Fourth of July picnic.

Flags for Heroes Tote Bag