I took this picture the day after I read an article about height in composition. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and the sky was a brilliant blue with not a cloud in sight. I was out by the car waiting for my wife so we could leave for church (apparently this phenomenon is worldwide), and I happened to have my camera with me. I saw the sunflowers, and I thought about what I had read the day before. I stooped down, held the camera just above the ground, and pointed it up at the sunflowers (which towered well above my standing height). This was one of the photographs that resulted from the experiment. I was stunned by the brilliance of the colors and the beautiful contrast between the blue of the sky and the gold and orange of the sunflower—so stunned that I immediately made it my new wallpaper.
(1 August 2004)