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Old 24th June 2011
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Re: Poppy field

Love it - the first one is rather like a delicately constructed painting

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Re: Poppy field

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Re: Poppy field

Yes I like these too. The first is aparticularly nice shot that would look really good at large size on a wall. As Ian said rather like a painting. I presume some of the oof effect was done in PP?
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Re: Poppy field

Ian you took the words out of my mouth except this one "Monet" and Phill yes it would look great A3 or poster size on canvas !

Timmy an awesome shot beautifully composed ! Thanks for sharing
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Re: Poppy field

Interesting shot that first one Tim, did you use a filter or PP to achieve the effect?
I must admit I've not really touched the art filters feature of the E-5.
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Re: Poppy field

Yes No 1 is special......like the focus off centre.

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Re: Poppy field

Number one is very dreamy but I also like no2 so they both win for me
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Re: Poppy field

Having just been out today to photograph a big poppy field, all I can say is these look far better than mine! And I blame it on having those pesky little 'daisy' flowers there to add a bit of interesting contrast and detail to the red of the poppies.
It's quite difficult to get a top notch image of poppies and the mistake many people make is trying to get a mass of poppies in focus within the frame - but it's often the shots that have just one flower or a prominent higher growing clump against an out-of-focus red background that work best generally.
So, No.2 for me, as No.1 might work better if there was a clear flower in focus within the 'halo' of out-of-focus ones.

Now, I better wait to see if any of my shots, which are being downloaded to the computer now, follow any of my own 'advice'!!

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Re: Poppy field

Tim,

The first shot is beautiful and I agree with others that it would make a superb poster image. Really good composition and colour.

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Re: Poppy field

Wow!

Thankyou all so much for the feedback! I am glad to see that two of the things I was trying to achieve have been mentioned, "Dreamy and Painting"

I have done some PP work to this but only to highlight what was already there not to alter the image massively.

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Basically this is the image straight from the camera above.

I used my E400 EC14 and 70-300mm. I used the settings I normally use for Macro, these poppies were about 30 feet away and I was using the lens virtually wide open.

Camera Olympus E-400
Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/7.9
Focal Length 425 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Auto, Did not fire
Image Description OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Orientation Horizontal (normal)

As for the PP I just duplicated a layer, softened the focus a little and erased the area I wanted clearer, oh and added a border.

This was an image I had in my head that I wanted to take, the hardest thing was finding the poppy field!
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Lovely images, I prefer the first one. I know some people prefer to have everything in focus but a bit of soft focussing can create a nice effect.

I've been checking out some Orton effect images, which again may not be to everyone's taste, I think the same trick using slide film with one slightly out of focus and merged with a sharp one.

There are also some creative images in a similar vain using lensbaby lenses to get just a certain part of the pic in focus. It seems to be a growing trend. It works well for some images but not so for others.

With the poppies it's a thumbs up for me!
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