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Poppy, wheat and Sunshine

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This picture is one of the first I took with my Tamron 10-24mm super wide-angle lens in July last year.

I wanted to get an image which showed off the poppies against both the wheat field and the sky so I set a very wide angle of 11mm and held the camera low against the ground to achieve that. So low in fact that I couldn’t see through the viewfinder, so I preset the aperture to f/11 and hoped the picture would be mainly in focus, which it just about is.

Because of the way I took the picture, there was a fair amount of cropping to do in Lightroom during post-production, and I also dropped the clarity down  and the vibrance up to boost the colours.

Overall I’m quite pleased with the result, but I think it would have been better if I’d got even closer to the poppies.

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I’m a software developer by profession but I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old. In that time I’ve owned cameras of all types and sizes from 120 roll film thro’ 35mm to my current Pentax K-5, Ricoh GXR + P10/S10/A12 28mm/A12 50mm, Canon S95 and recently acquired Sony NEX 6.

  1. Barbara says:

    Simon, I love the poppies in this photo…. Thanks for stopping by my blog…I look forward to seeing more of your photos….

    1. Thanks you very much

  2. Jackie says:

    Lovely capture! A warming sight on a chilly winter’s day! 🙂

    1. Thank you for saying so

  3. Stefano says:

    Hi Simon, nice image – just one suggestion if I may: be careful not to go over the top with vibrance in LR as you risk oversaturating and clipping one or more channels. In this image it looks like the red channel is affected. If you back it down a bit you may be able to recover some nice detail in those beautiful poppies.
    Just a thought.
    Take care and thank you for stopping by Clicks & Corks and liking one of my images: greatly appreciated. 🙂

    1. Hi Stefano

      Thanks for commenting and taking the trouble to give advice – It’s always difficult to know if it will be well received but I can tell you I’m always happy to receive helpful advice

      Thanks Again

  4. Stefano says:

    You are absolutely right, Simon, and I was quite unsure whether it would have been appropriate for me to mention that, but eventually I decided I would take my chances 😉
    Thank you for your kind reply and happy shooting!

  5. kilted1 says:

    Great colours.Love it.

  6. Wow. what so stunning photo! thanks for sharing and thank you for liking my liking my post. Your blog is gorgeous.

    1. Thank you very much

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