Day 25 of 365 - "Toys. When you're not looking" project

Defiant Sunflower in the snow.  

When I came home from work today after driving through the snow, I found that Denise had left me a stuffed Sunflower from the game "Plants Vs. Zombies" on my desk. I decided to take advantage of the weather and with today's shot show that Winter can still be a bright and cheery place if you just imagine it to be.

Shot with the Nikon D7000 and Nikon 35mm F1.8G prime lens.  Manual exposure mode, F5.6, 1/200th second shutter speed, ISO 200, matrix metering.  Camera was tripod mounted and shutter triggered with Nikon infrared remote.  

Lighting via one Yongnuo YN560 II speedlight in manual mode, 1/128th power with the flash head zoomed to 105mm.  On the flash I mounted a Rogue grid with the 25 degree honeycomb grid insert into it to control the beam of light on the stuffed sunflower and hand held the flash and PocketWizard Plus II that I used to trigger the flash.  

In 2013, I'm doing a 365 shot a day project with the theme "Toys. When you're not looking". The idea is to capture familiar toys dealing with the situations and challenges that life throws at them in the real world, just like a human would.  You can follow the progress of the project on