My biggest photographic challenge is finding the time to take pictures. When Annie is working nights I am housebound at the best time of day (an hour or so before sunset); at least I am at this time of year.
So I try to make the most of daytime dog walking and family outings even though the light is sub-optimal. If the children are with me everything becomes rushed and I usually end up with lots of “if only shots” e.g. if only I’d changed the angle/moved that twig in background/used a tripod etc.
Today I managed to slip out with just the dog for company and set about trying to take some pictures of the poppies in the nearby fields. After a few rather dull pictures I began to get into it, and Merlin was having a great time doing whatever dogs do in the undergrowth. Looking for a different angle I decided to lie down and shoot the poppies against the sky. I must have looked pretty odd to Merlin, because no sooner had I got in position than he came bounding over and slobbered me to death. I just managed to grab this picture which I’m quite pleased with………
Technically this is quite a straight forward shot. I wanted to lose the sky, so I let the camera’s meter expose the poppies correctly. The large difference in brightness between the sky and the poppies meant that the sky was largely blown/clipped (i.e. pure white). If I’d wanted the sky I would have had to reduce the difference in brightness (probably by adding some fill flash). A medium aperture of f/8 provided sufficient depth of field and maximum sharpness from my zoom lens (18-105mm). The shutter speed (chosen automatically by the camera in Aperture priority mode) of 1/1250s was more than enough to freeze the movement of the poppies as they swayed in a gentle breeze.