Lensbaby Blog Circle – Sunflower Studies

I’ve been eyeing up the cut sunflowers for sale in my local supermarket for the last few weeks and hoping the day that I have both the inspiration to do something with them and time to spare is also the day they have some for sale!

My luck was in I decided to use them for this month’s Lensbaby Blog Circle, I knew that I wanted some close up detail shots as well as some that would be a little more abstract and soft so I used the Velvet 85 and the Sweet 80 with macro filters. I haven’t used the Sweet 80 in ages and I enjoyed using it for a change.

A few of the images I shot, some with textures, some without….

Sunflowers with Lensbaby Velvet 85 and bokeh overlay
Velvet 85 – Overlay from Floral Bokeh 2
Velvet 85
Sweet 80, Texture from Glorious Grunge
Velvet 85, Texture from Glorious Grunge
Velvet 85
Velvet 85, Texture from Glorious Grunge
Sweet 80

All of the textures used are available in my newly relaunched Texture Shop. {I’m celebrating the relaunch with a sale until 5th August.}

The Lensbaby Blog Circle is a group of passionate Lensbaby photographers around the world, next up in this month’s circle is Jessica with a visit to Magdeburg Cathedral. Please click here to visit her blog and follow the links around the circle.


  • Seh-N-Sucht

    I do love sunflowers. They are SUMMER! And I also love the way you use textures. I tried that several times but did not get a satisfying result at all. You merge the photo and the texture. Mine were texture over a photo 😉 Not delightful, gentle, fine and lovely. Yours looks like a ballet dancer dances through a magical garden – mine was a construction worker trampling through a site 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    Herzliche Grüße

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much for your kind words Birgit, I’m laughing at your description of your textures!! Have you tried using a lower opacity? And are you using Soft Light as a blend mode?

  • Carol Vipperman

    Janet these are wonderful! I love sunflowers, so I am envious that you were able to do such interesting things with them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Carol, it’s lucky that the supermarkets seem to sell them all through the summer now, these ones have been brightening up my kitchen table for the past week or so.

  • Gizella Nyquist

    I love the curves in your images as well as the contrast between the petals/stem or petals/background. I wish I could find flowers on sale at our store… Food items do go on sale, but I’ve never seen a floral sale. The textures add a great depth to your already great looking flower images.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Gizella! My local supermarket reduces the flowers that it’s had for a few days, they may not last as long but they are great for photography!

  • Seonaid Teal

    I love these, particularly the first one. The texture effect is amazing

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Seonaid!

  • Jessica

    Dear Janet, I love sunflowers! I love the most the details and the yellow color. But for me, the black and white ones are the best.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Jessica, I almost felt that sunflowers in B&W shouldn’t work but I tried and they did!