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Dancing Poppies by Meowgli Dancing Poppies by Meowgli
Poppies in a gentle summer breeze as ominous clouds amass on the horizon. Photo taken in Oxfordshire, England.

This is the only patch of red I've found locally and required an energetic if short trek to get there. The composition is a result of having to work with what I was given as I felt the tree was needed to add some structure, but turning the camera any further right would have included some unsightly nearby farm buildings. Nevertheless I think it works adequately enough to convey the notion of a gentle summer breeze through a splash of summer colour, which is what the shot's really about. Exposure was 1 second, for those who like to know these things...
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ioanaalexandra Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
:bulletred: Featured :pointr: [link] :hug:
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LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful!
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TTL-Photoworks Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010   Photographer
I like this wind blown look! =D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010   Photographer
:)
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raquelvonkaminaru Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here.
Have a nice day :wave:
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SebastianKraus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic and dynamic!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010   Photographer
Thanks mate
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shatinn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Very strong attention grabbing colors. =D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   Photographer
:)
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inshaala Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Again i think "gentle", "wind" and "long exposure" dont go... it just looks blurry. "Gale force" on the other hand might be a different story...

Watch the saturation levels in the red - you have lost a lot of detail in the ones which arent moving (for instance) - get any of just the poppies? Miranda just walked in with the screen scrolled down so the sky wasnt visible and added that it looks nice and impressionist... maybe if you did an ND1000 of the sky and blended it with the foreground you have taken here it would complete the "impressionist" outlook she saw?

Anyway - cant fault the rest of the shot - I'm sure you took some more conventional exposure lengths of the same scene which would look conventionally fantastic considering the composition, colours and sky you had that day. You keep getting movement in your shots with flowers, i'll do my people movement thing - and we'll meet somewhere in the middle :P
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   Photographer
oh btw mate, you're right I did naturally shoot the more "conventional" approach to this scene... I've just done a rough n ready save of the raw file(s) and uploaded to Photobucket for you (no adjustments whatsoever, and the sky is a separate exposure so you're just looking at the foreground) - [link] and [link] ... interested to know if those float your boat more :)
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inshaala Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Granted - maybe i'm just taking my slant on the "reason" for having blur in a photo with a field of flowers, and that could be to create a dramatic line which is not created by the stationary layout of the scene to pull the viewer into the photo via the composition whilst also providing the drama of the blur, rather than an indiscriminate blurring of the flowers which from my perspective serves no purpose except for being blurry. Another reason might be contrast, for instance there is no innate contrast with a man-made object which the blur would highlight in the man made vs natural paradigm - see Short-Ribs' shot of the digger with the moving tree for an example (but not as a perfect one) of what i mean: [link]
Instead there is a contrast between moving flowers, a (perceptibly) stationary tree and a stationary sky - i dont see any reason for that contrast except for aesthetics. Which brings us back to your point about personal preference.

They don't float my boat more, they just are the framing and manner one would expect from the scene - again personal taste but i know you can take those photos and take them well (my mum would call them soapbox photos - pleasing to the eye but lacking in the wow factor which i am hunting for in the above critique) which is why I mentioned it.

My comment on meeting in the middle was that you seem to have gone down the flower blur route and my recent forays into motion blur involve people... nothing about collaboration, merely an observation of the routes we are going down.

Speaking of collaborations, save up some mulah over the next 8 weeks - I'm off to Thailand in a week and we should hook up one weekend down here when i'm back (1st sept) - rutting season in Richmond Park by then i think :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010   Photographer
I can see what you're saying mate, appreciate you taking the time to think about the issue in more of a conceptual sense than purely an aesthetic one. These days I'm striving to shore up the concepts behind my shots a bit more before making them... I heard a quote a couple of years back which stuck with me: "There's nothing worse than a sharp photo of a fuzzy concept" and while I still pursue the inherent 'eye-candy' of a shot, I'm looking to move towards engaging the (implode) brain a little more, so you're coming from a useful place there. From a personal point of view I found the field to be more attractive the more covered in red it was, and given the spacing of the poppies the blur helped with that. The more I think about it, I'm not 100% sold on the idea they serve no purpose except being blurry. To my eye they start to tell a story of the weather and represent the elements I experienced at the time more truthfully than struggling to contain their movement and render them static. The blur is less 'conceptual aid' than 'documented wind', if that makes sense... I'm not claiming it as one of my best images at any rate and your points are defo valid and appreciated :)

I like the ShortRibs shot btw... with regards to Chesterton windmill I heard they actually operate the moving parts for like a week a year... the shot might be a long time coming but one day I reckon ND400, streaming sky, blowing field, and rotating blades for a unique take on the place.... oh not to mention those damn star trails I never seem to feel like doing (much less since I saw in the paper that a murdered body was dumped up there a couple weeks back..)

Enjoy Thailand, business or pleasure? I'm workin on the money schting, London shall know once I am flush again :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   Photographer
Interesting points, taken on board. I do however feel this one is a matter of personal taste (this IS how I wanted the shot to turn out), and it's cool if we don't share that same taste ;) ... I am interested to know if you like the field shots with movement in this gallery: [link] ?... I hadn't actually seen those before taking this shot though the photographer is among my favourites. ND400 has been on the list for a while, but unfortunately is nestling under life costs and bills to pay etc, can't wait to have a play with that badboy, so many shots in mind..

As for the reds you're probably right. The (minor) saturation adjustments were applied through saturation masks to minimise clipping, though when I saved it out for web the image lost a huge amount of richness and impact (and yes I do know about colour profiles and proof colours etcetc), so went back to boost the reds again to balance.

What is this meeting in the middle of which you speak, you have a collab in mind or somting? :)
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo! :)
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maticgolob Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Your wonderful photo has been featured in my journal.
You can see the journal on this [link] !
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   Photographer
Thanks for the feature!
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Loving that movement in the foreground mate, great blend as well!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
cheers Phil!
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dancincow161 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Wow! Look at the colors! I love the depth!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
thanks!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010   General Artist
Very nice mate :nod: Love the colours and movement!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
cheers Dan!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   General Artist
welcome :)
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HoneyJar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
I really like the contrast between field with flowers and the sky with clouds
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
Thanks, yeah it's the red/blue dynamic which makes this shot for me :)
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burdensdown Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
wow, nice
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Pistolpete2007 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Those poppy's don't half make an impact on this image.Nice work!How about "Blowing in the wind" for the title.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
Ooo I like it, will update it in a bit :)
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loveable-London Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
oh, how awesome! I love it, great work!
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Annaphotix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Just a slight touch of Van Gough there! ;) Very nice effect!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
Thanks Anna!
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jamesholephoto Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Nice work Adam, i like the motion of the poppies in the breeze and the trees breaking the horizon line, great sky too, very ominous looking! :+fav:
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
Thanks James!
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ahadlshabeb Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
amazing shot !!! btw this is your style....very nice...giving a very big sense of depth to your photos :D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
Oh cool, thanks for saying... I've always had difficulty defining my own style! :)
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ahadlshabeb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
you are very welcome...
i'd like hear you critique on some of my works...:D:D your comments are really appreciated ...coming from a talented photographer like you :D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010   Photographer
I am rather short on time at the moment, pick a couple of works and I'll have a go...
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jaded-ink Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
its dramatic..and beautiful in its own way. :) i love the sky!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Photographer
Thanks!
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