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Poppy field

By Gordonsimpson
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.

Tags: Landscape and travel Poppies field red

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 8:07AM
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.

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 8:08AM
Lovely image that would be improved with the cropping off of the sky in my opinion.


Grampy 8 507 71 England
28 Jun 2011 8:53AM
I agree go without the sky, plus Ian is dead right about the light.
28 Jun 2011 10:38AM
Thanks for the feedback, I will crop it again removing the sky at the top.
Thanks again
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 11:08AM
It's a WOW from me... And yes minors the sky it'll look even better. IB
barmymarny 8 1 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 12:12PM
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
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 8:58PM
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

ekonju 7 1 France
29 Jun 2011 10:35PM
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).
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
26 Jul 2011 5:18PM
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?



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