Here is Susan Naumann's winning image from September 28, 2009
These "merged" images were taken on July 29, 2009. They day was overcast, drizzly, and dismal, with a storm brewing. In fact, just as we were about to leave, the rain came down. Excellent weather for photographing bright yellow flowers with highly reflective petals :-)
Why did I take the pictures? Because of my passion for sunflowers. Fortunately, Peter & I chose exactly the right day to make our pilgrimage to Buttonwood Farm, Griswold, CT.
I used my Nikon D200 . . . . .
Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED (all-purpose lens)
0.004 sec (1/250)
Flash off (flash not fired)
No tripod (hand-held)
Possibly, my new circular polarizing filter was in place. Being unaccustomed to using the filter, I did not keep it on my lens for my whole sunflower shoot.
I applied Gaussian Blur to the background image so the mass of smiling faces would not "compete" with the star's headshot.
This was my very first creative effort with my brand-new Apple Laptop & Adobe Photoshop CS4. In fact, my very first-ever experiment with the use of layers! Talk about FUN! Before August 11, 2009, I was working with a malfunctioning DELL laptop & Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.