Year Two (52) – Poppies, after the rain

I found a field of poppies 🙂 right after it rained, which meant that the delicate poppy flowers were suffering from rain and wind damage – so they were not perfect… but as I was a long way from home, I decided that it was still worth taking the opportunity to take some photos.

It was late evening the lights was dull, so it was a question of using the camera’s ISO settings and a shallow aperture to create light or introducing the flash, to create a different look.

F5, 1/160 sec, ISO200, Flash
F5, 1/160 sec, ISO200, Flash

All the images I had seen of recent poppy fields showcased a light and airy feel, I wanted to create a dramatic look – poppies are often linked with remembrance,  are worn in November – the winter months, so I used the flash to darken the background and add atmosphere.

Although the rain damaged the flowers and bent the plant stems, it did add something to the image with all the rain drops highlighted.

F5, 1/160 sec, ISO200, Flash
F5, 1/160 sec, ISO200, Flash

No flash, increasing the ISO to let in more light and you have the same field of poppies in a very different photo, using a shallow depth of field separate the poppies from the background and draws your eye to the individual stems.

ISO1250, 1/25sec, F5.6
ISO1250, 1/25sec, F5.6

Using a zoom lens, you can compress the background and make it feel like there are loads and loads of poppies… here you really can see the damage the rain did.

ISo1250, F5, 1/20sec
ISO1250, F5, 1/20sec

Combing the high ISO to let in the background light and adding a little feel flash and you have another version of the same image – it is just a little bit crisper enabling you to make out the finder details.

ISo1250, F5.6, low flash
ISO1250, F5.6, low flash

Finally a bit of creativeness in camera, the slower shutter speed and higher ISO captures the wind creating movement in the field, with the flash firing at the rend of the shot to preserve some of the details.

ISO800, F5, 1/10sec, F5, Rear Sync Flash
ISO800, F5, 1/10sec, F5, Rear Sync Flash

Not a perfect poppy field – but a poppy field I discovered on a road trip to somewhere else, and my own take on creating images – making photos is about making the shot your own and sharing something different. I think I have succeeded here.

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