Staring at the Sun: A sunflower photo shoot near Sofia

Written by on July 30, 2017 in Leisure - Comments Off on Staring at the Sun: A sunflower photo shoot near Sofia

The Sun is our star. According to Wikipedia, it is “a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, with internal convective motion that generates a magnetic field via a dynamo process.” Whatever. We like it, while tanning our skin on beaches, or while taking photos of sunflowers at 6 am.

Sunflowers, on the other hand, were named after our star. They are pretty, they don’t talk much, they love staring at the Sun, and they are very photogenic, especially when our star hasn’t dried and burned them too much yet.

This flower stared at us, instead of looking at the star. Photo by Alma Martínez.

We live in Sofia. Our genius idea was to get up at 5 am, drive to the North-Western edge of Sofia and shoot those flowers while the star rises in the East. At 05:30 am, in the dark, there were quite a few vehicles on the streets of the capital. Yawn. They were probably trying to escape the city while it was still cool.

In the first field we found, most sunflowers were dry. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

In no time, we reached a sunflower field behind Sofia’s West Park and Fakulteta, the big Roma slum. We waited for the star to rise behind the mountains, which was when our problem arose: Most flowers were burnt, dry and not even yellow anymore. We shot them anyway.

This one has a strong personality. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

At 7 am, we reached a large sunflower field next to road no. 8, outside the village of Bozhurishde. Over there, the situation was a lot better. A small, paved road actually took us into that field. That way, we had some face time with many of the Helianthus.

Considering we are amateur photographers, the outcome was pretty damn good. Now, we will have to sleep some more.

Sunflowers galore. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

 

 

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Imanuel Marcus, the founder of foreignersandfriends.com, is Associate Editor of The Sofia Globe.