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Glowing Poppies by Meowgli Glowing Poppies by Meowgli
The obligatory annual glowing poppy shot! Rather similar in nature to my image 'Rouge' [link] but this time shot in the morning, shortly after sunrise. There's a bit of a story behind this shot actually... a story with a moral even!

Last summer after two and a half year's steady shooting I one day thought to myself "what if something goes wrong... what if by some freak accident I manage to lose all my images?"... it's something that's always possible in the digital age but also one of those things you think will never happen to you...

So about this time last year I decided it might be a good idea to finally make a backup of my images. A month later on one of my more clumsy mornings I inadvertantly decided to test how good my hard drive was at flying. Turns out not so good. Tripping over a wire I watched it fall as if in slow motion as it came crashing off my desk and smashed onto the metal speaker stand next to it. One buggered hard drive.

What this meant is that I lost all of the originals for my poppy shots from last year, only able to salvage those I had sent to my printers and those which had been shortlisted for LPOTY. I tried my best to recover it through a data recovery agency but to no avail and paid over 100 for the privilege... I was pretty gutted. But damn. Think how much worse it could have been! Having only thought of backing up as an afterthought a month or so previously I think I can count my blessings my entire portfolio wasn't wiped out! Most definitely a lesson learned the hard way.

Nowadays I backup once a week and for good measure once a month to a hard drive outside of the property in case of fire or burglary.... not taking any chances anymore! So yeah, the moral is BACK YOUR DAMN SHOTS UP! I can't imagine what I would have been like had I lost everything...

Anyway... about the shot! You'll have to excuse the samey-ness but this is essentially a replacement for last year's effort so I can finally print it big. The shot is the result of three consecutive mornings scouting my local area before sunrise in the hope of catching a glimpse of a glowing red field at dawn. Despite having been given a tip-off from a friend about a field they had seen I think they might have been tripping or something cos I looked all around where they told me to look and couldn't find a thing! Casting my net further afield I kept on scouting though and eventually stumbled upon this field on the second morning just as the sun disappeared behind the bank of cloud and the light was gone. I did get a glimpse of what the field had to offer though and on the third morning I finally had my shot.

I have to confess the amount of time it took to blend this image makes me wish I had some grads! 4 exposures in all, as it was also my first attempt at 'focus bracketing'. Very fiddly work but totally worth it when you view the file at 100%... diffraction-free and sharp as hell front to back :)

Oxfordshire, England.

P.S. I am open to more poetic title suggestions... if you're feeling inspired giv'er a crack!


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:iconbettybooprox:
BettyBoopRox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture! Excellent composition & exposure.
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:iconcrisniki:
CrisNiki Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Simply gorgeous!
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from-art-to-art Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Wonderful! :)
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:iconmarkhossackphoto:
MarkHossackPhoto Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great looking shot!
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:iconchrisdonohoe:
ChrisDonohoe Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Hey very nice poppy shot.
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   Photographer
thanks Chris
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:iconsubhankar-biswas:
subhankar-biswas Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
featured: [link]
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Photographer
thanks very much for the feature!
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sublime-ape Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
in-freakin-credible! :clap: all your effort was worth it. it looks like 2 different shots merged together.

title suggestion: a chorus of red
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much! I like the title suggestion too, might update it at some point :)
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:iconpornurimajid:
PornuriMajid Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great and beautiful shot,excellent!!
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:iconkikuelric:
KikuElric Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
wow, beautiful picture. I love the bright red.
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   Photographer
thank you!
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:iconcherryocean:
CherryOcean Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that's beautiful
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   Photographer
thank you!
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:iconsesam-is-open:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Featured:) [link]
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Photographer
thanks for the feature!
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:iconsesam-is-open:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
My pleasure:)
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:iconsteelbellatr:
SteelbellATR Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How about renaming it to "Red Morning"?
You like the sound of that?
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011   Photographer
I did think of things like 'Red Rising' and other such cheesiness but I think in the end 'Glowing Poppies' sums it up reasonably well and is also a vaguely 'search-friendly' title I guess! Cheers for the suggestion :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this wonderful work in my new RED - collection!
[link]
I hope you will agree and enjoy!:iconbouquetplz:
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
nice shot adam the sky is just a little dark......
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011   Photographer
thanks Steve, I brightened the top left corner of the sky and lifted the shadows in the treeline a bit already, just haven't been arsed to update the file here yet... don't think the dA background helps much either to be honest, have a look here though - better you think? - [link]
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nice!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   General Artist
Awesome mate.. nailed it :D

Solid states are slowly coming down in price, I reckon give it 5 years and they'll be a viable option ;)
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Photographer
Wicked, that'll be the day :D Have a good trip mate?
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   General Artist
yeah was good cheers mate :D
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Photographer
good good, get some nice shots? any joy with the panning?

btw gave me bike a proper spring clean today and fixed that gear stuff, she's purring again man... cheers for the help too :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   General Artist
Didn't get any of the shots I was after due to weather but should have some nice ones aye :D Not a whole load of gold but got some and brother did too, was too busy drinking by the river :D
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:iconchrisdonohoe:
ChrisDonohoe Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Nice poppies!
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:iconpurpleface:
purpleface Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
I've featured your beautiful image in my journal here - [link] :)
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:iconbogdanepure:
BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi mate! The picture is amazing. I don't have time now to read your comment on it but I will!
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011   Photographer
Cheers Bogdan! Summary of comment is: took 3 mornings to get this shot... and also to back your shots up :)
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:iconbogdanepure:
BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It was worth it. I finally read your entire comment. Glad you were prepared for the unexpected mate.
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Photographer
Yeah it was a pain but it could have been a whole lot worse, phew!
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:iconzanarky:
Zanarky Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning exposure and colours!
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:iconspleen-tola:
spleen-tola Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
wonderful colours!
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:iconquintz:
quintz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The poppys look great but for my taste, the trees and the clouds look a little bit to dark.
Though a great picture : )
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   Photographer
Thanks for the suggestion, I brought the up a little bit on the master file, should look better on my website :) [link]
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:iconquintz:
quintz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No Problem : )
The version on your homepage ist better, now the sky doesn't look that annatural.
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:icon1000yearseternalmaze:
THat is so beautiful.
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:iconjynx612:
jynx612 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a glorious photo! :D
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:iconcaelabear:
caelabear Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
This reminds me of spring in northern Italy. So pretty.
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   Photographer
Thank you! I would love to photography that... someday maybe ;)
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:iconfaintofart:
FaintOfArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful! they absolutely look like they have a glow!
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:iconlogicoutcast:
LogicOutcast Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning.
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:iconmollythewanderer:
MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to go there! Beautiful shot!
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:iconpretty-dead-lilly:
Pretty-Dead-Lilly Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... poppies as far as the eye can see! :love: So many... and they're so beautiful! Makes it seem like a place from a fantasy world. :heart:
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SkullsCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Beautiful. :heart:
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Great picture!!!!
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