Last year I picked up the plan to extend my website with pages of the seasons. It was autumn and in my opinion the easiest season to start doing this. So recently I was ready for spring, so I created the page Spring and called it ‘Spring Visits’. At the same time I immediately found out that I could use some new pictures. For quite some time I had photos of poppy flowers in mind, but still didn’t see the opportunity to create them. Every spring I drove around on my bike to check whether there were nice compositions to frame, but I found nothing.
: True spring is when I find poppies in my hometown! – Canon 5diii, 70-200@78mm, f/11, 1/13, iso 100.
Poppy flowers are a nice subject, but need a good surrounding. When I found poppies the surrounding wasn’t good and when I found a great surrounding for them, there were no poppy’s. Frustrating! Last week I rode on my bike to the gym and saw a beautiful but very small field with poppy flowers. It wasn’t possible to create some sort of landscape photo so close to the train track were they stood, because I couldn’t frame a nice composition. ‘All I need to have to make something out of this is fog’, I thought and rode on to the gym. The next morning I woke up at six and looked outside the window: there is was! Fog! How Great!!!
: Poppies in the fog. Fast shutter to keep them from moving and low aperture to reinforce the fog. – Canon 5diii, 70-200@150mm, f/4,0, 1/160, iso 100
I rushed into my clothes, got my gear and my bike and within five minutes I was at the same location as yesterday surrounded in a beautiful fog with puppies all around me. I felt that the years of searching and watching for poppy flowers and surroundings were over. This was going to be THE day! I carefully framed my composition. As I pressed the shutter I felt a relief. Finally! To be sure at least one frame was successful I took a few different compositions. At home just three of them ‘serviced’. Macro photos are not really my thing, but once in awhile I love taking them.
: another shot of the poppies, almost the same as the first one, but just with another look & feel. – Canon 5diii, 70-200@78mm, f/8,0, 1/20, iso 100.