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Rouge by Meowgli Rouge by Meowgli
At times photos come about easily, happily falling into your lap by chance. Most of the time however, they require a little more work than that, as was the case with this image of poppies on a sunny summer afternoon.

Getting to the location required traversing a couple of particularly dense neck-high fields surrounded by nettles and thistles, and it was only by scrambling under a couple of hedges that I was eventually able to make up for my initially errant sense of direction!

When I reached the spot I wanted to photograph the fairly constant wind and strong afternoon sun presented their own challenges, as the image I was looking to create would be flare-free, with the poppies rendered stationary in the blowing wind. With the pollen count also at a very high level, my dormant hayfever decided now would be a good time to break out for the first time this season, making it increasingly difficult to see anything clearly through my streaming red eyes!

Eventually I had to retreat in search of remedies, but I'm happy enough that I at least managed to bring away some souvenir images for my troubles. :)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-08-23
Suggester said; "The contrast in this photo is just perfect. Also the sun and the rays make you wish to be there and just lay into the field full of poppies."

Rouge by *Meowgli ( Suggested by MayaVogrin and Featured by Anoya )
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Congratulations on the Daily Deviation - you did well, I can tell.

Well, what I can say about this picture is that it brings us an array of thoughts - I can feel it reminds most of the beauty of the countryside, and the beauty of nature. On the other hand, it also reminds us of the calm breeze blowing freely, and the warmthy of a beautiful, carefree summer.

One thing that really brought this picture up is the expertise on shooting the sun - it brings us to a glimpse of a creation, and the excellent formation on the sky. It must have been a once-in-a-lifetime chance of capturing the sky that beautiful during the perfect point of the day.

I'd also like to pinpoint the flowers - they bring us a beautiful mix of maybe Holland, and somewhat the feeling of being in the wilderness.

Excellent job, my regards are yours.
You are lucky to have had seen something as amazing as this.
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elinmalmstrm Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
wow.!!!w
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smart-dead Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely ♥
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lakemans Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Wiltshire?
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Photographer
Warwickshire.

you have some lovely photos by the way, can't believe I haven't stumbled upon your work before now!
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styxthedrummer Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa!!! I can has? this is incredible.
I'm glad you went through the effort to capture this. thank you.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 5, 2011   Photographer
thanks, so glad you dig it! ... and you can has print if you want :)
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aquaking Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
holy!!
how did u do this?are u using a film LSR?
cos this piece is so HDR!!
well done!
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Photographer
thank you! no this was shot with a Canon 40D D-SLR and Sigma 10-20 lens, 3 exposures were used - 1 for the sky generally, 1 for the foreground (with fast enough shutterspeed to freeze the swaying poppies), and 1 localised exposure for the sun... except for the exposure for the sun, I used my finger to block it out and reduce flare, removing it later when I was blending the exposures together... might sound tricky but it's pretty straight forward once you know how :)
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aquaking Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
yeah,thanks for the kindly explanation!
and finaly i know how it done~.
HDR is a good stuff.thanks again!!
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zekeman76 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
I appreciate the effort put in to getting this shot. It's an incredible one to say the least thanks for sharing.
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Photographer
thanks very much, I'm pretty happy with this one :) and cheers for the watch too!
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tarquinthrust Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Beautiful!
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adni18 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Great work! :thumbsup:
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ioanaalexandra Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
:bulletred: Featured :pointr: [link] :hug:
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Queenofnotalent Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
I just featured this image in my new journal entry :heart:
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   Photographer
Thanks for the feature!
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:iconqueenofnotalent:
Queenofnotalent Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
My pleasure! I love this piece so much.
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PurestGreen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
so clear. amazing
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Danferno Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
How did you manage to get both the field & the sky properly exposed? When I try shots like this, I never seem capable of getting both in focus :(
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Photographer
This shot was a manual blend of 3 exposures, bracketing at +/-2 stops. So that's one exposure for the foreground, one for the sky, one for the sun. As for focus, I used live view, manually focusing on the foreground flower, then using the depth of field preview button to simulate exposure and depth of field... in this instance it required f/22 to get everything in focus, and ISO 400 for a shutter speed fast enough to freeze the motion of the poppies, which were swaying in the wind. Hope that helps!
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Danferno Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Aah, I need to try this one day ^^

Thanks!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010   Photographer
No worries... I just remembered also, this actually required more than 3 shots... I had 6 to work from for this image, as some of the shots I placed my finger over the sun to cut out flare... the trick is then getting the right exposure from various shots and blending the sun back into an otherwise flare-free shot :)
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Danferno Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Must be a lot of work in photoshop :o
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Photographer
Only a few minutes when you know how ;)
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Dave-Ellis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Hi Adam :w00t: - Your amazing work is featured in my latest journal => [link] :)
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CarlSutherland Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Great shot, love the colours
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Hanna4ever Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Hey, I uploaded a flower picture, and I also put this picture's link in the description box, because I love it :) . [link] .
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010   Photographer
:hug:
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jaquesmayol Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
wonderful, congrats for DD

:gallery: Please feel free to visit my gallery. My Gallery: [link] & My Page: [link]. I will appreciate it a lot!
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Pherrett Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome! It's so bright and colourful, it makes me smile :D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010   Photographer
:)
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AngeliqueRaindrops Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Hey!
You've been featured: [link] Enjoy! :iconteamoplz:
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minimeany Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
I featured your picture here: [link] Have a look!
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vollyy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi !
Look - in my journal :

[link]

:thanks:
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Lone-Garou Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This photo is amazing! The flowers almost appear like fruit in a bowl.
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BeaWest Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Can't find word to describe how perfect this picture is!
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simongeddes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Fantastic mate, if I may ask, what was the f/stop?
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010   Photographer
Thank you! .. sure, f/22 as the scene required a huge depth of focus
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just beautiful!
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TwistedRussian Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a fantastic atmosphere! And the colours are amazing :love:
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junehee Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful~!
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Chibi-Doodlebug Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Breathtakingly beautiful.
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edteach05 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist
love it
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Queenofnotalent Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Just ... wow! Everything about this pic is just perfect. Flawless.
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uphique Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Artist
AMAZING!
i always love when pict got the distortion

look at the sun!!
shes sneak peak to the world!!
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Coldflame999 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Its very very beautiful keep it on ;) :)
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:iconchilipalmer:
chilipalmer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Love the colors in this, stunning :)
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Dave-Ellis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Cracking shot mate :clap: congrats on a well deserved DD :handshake: :D
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010   Photographer
Thank you sir :)
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:iconummigfx:
ummigfx Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful capture! Which kind of equipment you are using ?
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