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California Poppy / Filoli / Floral Photography / Inspiration / Photography / Poppy


A volunteer poppy at Filoli, easily as arresting as anything in the manicured gardens.

Thanks to Oliver for the push. Not motion this time, but depth.

(Nikon D850; Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G Zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 2.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. Wow. Smokin’!! Actually, “smoldering glow” might be a better description.
    “Caldera” is the perfect title, too. What a knockout. How many hours does this represent?

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    • Thanks very much. Smoldering glow is exactly what I saw. How long did it take? Here’s the value of reviewing one’s take a while later: When I first reviewed the shots in April, this was an “also ran.” But when I looked at it the other night I saw a potential. Then it was about two intense hours. Intense.

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  2. Your images are so impressive, so beautiful, that I have to fight the impulse to put my camera in the closet and find a book to read. Those edges are other-worldly. If this was an also-ran, I can’t imagine what lands in the ‘good’ pile on first sort!

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    • Thank you very much. I very much appreciate your kind words. You know, the funny thing is that in the long run the ones I originally overlooked sometimes turn out to be the best of all.

      Please don’t ever put your camera down. But I have to say similar things about your writing. I’ve been writing all of my life, including professionally, and yours is such a pleasure to savor. It leaves me in the dust.. Your craft is so well developed it makes me want to put the word processor in the closet. Of course I won’t do that…

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    • Thanks very much Patti. By the way, when I click on the link to your blog, about five seconds later I get a screen-filling “ad” purportedly from Comcast trying to entice me to click to win a prize. Your URL has been hijacked. I’d advise contacting your ISP about it.

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      • You are welcome. By the way, I tried to click to another word press blog today and got a screen saying that it’s security certificate was not current. Interesting that both of these events happen on the same day. Probably coincidence, but you might want to get with WordPress tech-support on this as well. The other one was Richard Broom Photography.


  3. I just checked my gravatar above and it links to my site. We had some trouble with pingbacks last week. Odd. I’ll keep checking to see if the error happens on other sites.

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  4. Great title, and boy, do those poppies deliver to photographers. I see many great images of them. Not to take anything away from this, but you know what I mean? Such a simple flower, and we get so much from it. I have some photos from years ago of the flower, its fallen petals and its shadow on paper. Someone just sent me a photo of a group of them in the back yard. So many possibilities! I appreciate the restraint in this image, the depth.

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    • Thank you. The title describes what I saw as I was working with the image. Then I decided to go with the flow and really bring it out. I’m very happy with the results. Yes, poppies offer endless possibilities. A local photographer who mentors sent me a recent poppy shot of his own. I wish I could post it, but I can’t. It was inspired by the photograph of a black hole that was released last month.


      • Thank you. As I believe I said, I passed over this image on first review and then came back to it later. There was a lot of post processing. It’s sort of developed. Not sure if I led it or it led me. Both, really.


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