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Poppies by the Road

By gjfereday
I was out on my bike Saturday morning with Camera in bag and spotted these Poppies all by thereselves by the side of the road. Would've liked a blue sky and no idea how to edit that in elements yet so here's the original image with no adjustment other than a slight sharpening.

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paskinmj 10 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 11:13AM
Nice POV.

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debu 9 India
16 Jul 2012 1:18PM
Lovely image.
Focus_Man 9 481 631 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 1:39PM
Well spotted but I think I would most probably have looked for three poppies close together so that I could capture all three in sharp focus. Three is a good number to use.

I don't know how many of these you attempted to get in focus but feel sure that just one in the bottom corner is insufficient to form a nice composition: your aperture of f4.5 most certainly won't oblige you. Better to set up the three close together (by a bit of photographic gardening) and then assess the Dof required, probably f11 or thereabouts. If your shutter speed is too slow to be able to deal with that aperture then you will need to use a tripod with some means of off-camera shutter operation. A blue sky wouldn't help much either as you have kept most of it out of your frame.

Have a look through other similar pictures uplaoded into the CG and see how they have been set up then read the comments appended, it is the best way to learn.

Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 4:33PM
As Frank, plus, the out of focus grass in the foreground is a distraction. You might want to look for blooms in better condition too.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 9:52PM
Poppies always make good subjects for photography, Graham, but they are so delicate and prone to movement from the slightest breeze. So you need a fast shutter speed and/or a tripod. There was a lot of potential here, but a little pre-shot "gardening" was required in order to move the intruding long grasses out of the way of your subjects. This may seem tedious, but it's certainly worthwhile if you want a sharp image.
With the three foreground poppies in focus, this would have been fine, but the bottom right-hand poppy is flawed and the left-hand one is obscured by grass.
Your versions under Modifications are closer, a better idea, but are suffering with the same problems. (I think you have duplicated the same picture). Taking the three poppies on the right, having removed the grass, you could have had a good picture here.
It's tempting to shoot from above the poppies in order to see their black centres, so I have no problem with your angle.
Compositionally, it would be better not to split your background with part sky and part grass. This isn't always easy.
This all seems negative, but I hope it's of some help.
gjfereday 7 46 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 9:15AM
Hi Pamela, negative or not I can see my mistakes when they are pointed out so I appreciate the feedback, its how I learn.


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