Flowers - Ryan Taylor

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Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Russ Nature Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio

“Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My favorite native wildflower. This is one of my earliest images that I still holds up to my current body of work. I captured this photo during my school time to show a contrast in colors. The soft diffused lighting helped ensure that the subject wouldn't be overexposed.

Following the rule (guideline) of thirds, the flower was placed off-center to the left to add some interest. A fairly mid range aperture ensured that the wildflower was in sharp focus and the surrounding greenery and plant life was too. The bright yellow definitely stands out against the more muted greens. Your eyes are instantly drawn to that contrast.

This is still one of favorite images over the years due to the simplicity of it. All attention is focused on the subject. There are no real distractions and if there were prior to capture, I made sure to remove them from the frame. Native wildflowers are beautiful, and this image decided for me that I am a fan of Black Eyed Susan.

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