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I was out for a drive with the wife and mother in law when I spotted this field.
I just had to try and capture it. I don't normally go for landscapes, but I loved the bright reds with the deep greens.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A200
Lens:Sony 18-70mm Kit Lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Jun 2011 - 2:36 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1.3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Poppy field
Username:Gordonsimpson Gordonsimpson
Uploaded:28 Jun 2011 - 7:37 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Poppies field red
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 8:07 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good colours. I like this picture.
There have been a lot of images of poppy fields posted in the last few weeks. This must be one of the better ones.
Did you try cropping out the sky? There is not much of it and it does not add much to the composition?
I reckon to get a killer shot of a poppy fields you need either great light, probably early morning or a sizable area of great sky.
regards
Ian

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franken
franken e2 Member 123127 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 8:08 AM

Lovely image that would be improved with the cropping off of the sky in my opinion.

regards,

Ken

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Grampy
Grampy  4507 forum posts England71 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 8:53 AM

I agree go without the sky, plus Ian is dead right about the light.
Phill

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Gordonsimpson
28 Jun 2011 - 10:38 AM

Thanks for the feedback, I will crop it again removing the sky at the top.
Thanks again

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 - 11:08 AM

It's a WOW from me... And yes minors the sky it'll look even better. IB

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barmymarny
28 Jun 2011 - 12:12 PM

I have done a slight mod. By cropping out the sky and slightly sharpened.
I'm not sure it adds to the image but hey ho.

Marilyn x

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 8:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hi,
the foreground is delightful but the mid distance and sky are doing nothing to counterbalance the powerful strip of red on the base.

i would suggest a heavy crop into a letterbox format to leave a small amount of out of focus red above the sharper area, just about the half way line and then its a belter

regards
Phil

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29 Jun 2011 - 10:35 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi
to me there's a wee bit of extra orangish colour cast that doen't allow this shot to do justice to the greens. I would also try exctract some texture from the petals of the foreground poppies in which reds are probably overexposed (should be straightforward to do if you shot it in RAW).
Cheers

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10867 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2865 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2011 - 5:18 PM

There is a colour cast, likely due to either post processing, or a picture style selected for the original sot. This has made the reds over saturated, the greens with a slight orange cast, and the exposure overall seems to have been done for the sky, leaving the foreground a tad underexposed.

The letterbox format would work well, - Ive loaded a mod with some attempts to correct the colour balance, saturation etc, and Ive also modified the out of focus field to be more blurred, and also horizontal to align with the foreground. It still doent look quite right to me, - would be nice to know if you selected a Vivid mode or the like for the shot?



regards


Willie

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