Pamela Hoaglund  

Icelandic Poppy by Pamela Hoaglund

August 2022 - Icelandic Poppy

August 2022 - Pamela Hoaglund


About the Image(s)

I finally got some Icelandic poppies to grow in my garden. Of course the day I chose to try photographing them the sun was in and out and there was a breeze. I used a plant clamp to try to stabilize the flower. As you can see in the original I was dealing with a lot of background highlights. Shot with my Sony 7rm3, Sony 200-600 lens at ISO 100, 1/125sec at f/6.3. Post processed in ON1 2022, cropped and rotated a little, dynamic contrast and sharpening and masked the background to decrease the highlights. In hindsight I think I should have tried a luminosity mask. I’m not a flower photographer and can’t come near to what Judith does but I enjoy trying.

6 comments posted

Ally Green   Ally Green
What an exquisite capture...the yellow stamen looks like a waterfall to me! I like the rich colours of the petals detailing the folds..Your choice of crop is perfect for this image. Nicely done and wouldn't change a thing!   Posted: 08/10/2022 10:38:18

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Lovely image Pamela. The rich colors compliment each other beautifully and the flower is well positioned in the composition. I think it's perfect as is.   Posted: 08/10/2022 13:09:18

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I very much like the color scheme. The green backgound sets off the flower. The orange and yellow pop. The poppy has good texture, in its petals, and rotating it worked well. I think you did a good job on your background. I see two distractions. One is the big circle left of the poppy. The other is a line of orange in the green background near the bottom curve of the left poppy petal.   Posted: 08/10/2022 15:55:29

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
This image brings back memories of my maternal grandmother who grew beautiful poppies. I love the way the long zoom lens compresses the background and creates bokeh. The Art Morris/BIRDS AS ART blog is full of wonderful ideas for this kind of flower photography. I think there is also a YouTube video that he did on flowrs with a younger woman photographer, whose name currently escapes me. Google it if you are interested.
The stamen and pistel are very sharp as are the petals toward the back - the focus falls off after the flower, which in my opinion is perfect. My only suggestion would be to desaturate and reduce the green luminance. They say green is the easiest color for the human eye to detect. I think if it is too bright and saturated it detract sfrom the bloom. Try it and see what you think.   Posted: 08/12/2022 11:00:16

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Stunning! The details in the flower are tack sharp down to the bristles along the stem. The asymmetry of the flower is a strong point of interest and holds my attention. The colors and contrasts are dazzling. The stem and flower positions add diagonal elements of the composition. This image is ready for exhibition.   Posted: 08/12/2022 13:29:00

LC Boros   LC Boros
Great job getting the whole flower nice and sharp. The post work to crop and bring up the hues really works. My only suggestions might be to flip it and lessen the crop just a wee bit to include a bit more of the stem….minor things really.
  Posted: 08/14/2022 23:36:23


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