They call me mellow yellow

Last Saturday morning I went for a quick 35km bike ride before it got too hot (that didn’t work out… it was already 30°C and stupid-humid by 10:30) and as is my habit, I brought my little Fujifilm X100V along for the ride. I was starting to lament having brought the camera along, since I hadn’t seen anything worth shooting.

On my way home, about 45 minutes into what would be a 70-minute ride, sweating buckets and starting to feel the effects of dehydration (1L water clearly wasn’t enough) I came across this magnificent field of sunflowers.

Thirsty, hot, sweaty, and running low on energy (the heat is not my friend), I did the only thing that made sense: I stopped and made some photos. I mean, how couldn’t I?

The next morning I went back (in my car this time around) with my X-Pro3 and a few longer lenses. It was a little overcast, but that meant it wasn’t as hot, and the light was nice and diffuse. Who needs sun when you’re shooting sunflowers?

Looking closer at the sunflowers I was astounded at how many dandelions there were in the field! They’re the perfect stealth weed that just blends in… until you want to take some nice close-ups, of course.

All those weeds don’t make the field any less photogenic, and certainly don’t deter passers-by from taking selfies!