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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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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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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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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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