Introducing KelbyOne member, Rick Strobaugh and his photograph, “Sunflower Hairs.” Rick loves the outdoors and trying to capture the enjoyment he feels being there.

Can you tell us a little bit about your “Sunflower Hairs” photograph? 

The story on [this photo] was that I was out running one morning and saw a very large sunflower along the side of the road but  the bloom had already passed it’s peak but the large plant had another bud that would be blooming soon. A few days later, while running the same roadway, I saw the other bud had bloomed. I finished my run, got into my car and drove to the spot where I clipped the flower off the stem, took it home and set it in a vase on my back porch where it was in even lighting. When talking to others about photography, I am always telling others to look at photo subjects in other ways than everyone else does. So, instead of the regular straight from the front sunflower photo, I shot from the back, which I found much more interesting. I put a black cloth behind the flower to give me a black background for the shot .

What gear/software did you use to create this image? 

I shot with my Canon 5D Mark lll with a 100mm macro lens and mounted on a Manfratto tripod. I processed the photo in Photoshop afterwards with no cropping involved.

How long have you been a KelbyOne member and what made you decide to become a member?

I have been a member for I don’t know how many years. I liked the tutorials and pertinent information that I could find on the web site. You never stop learning.

To see more great images by Rick, visit his website!