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Wild Flowers in Antelope Valley



Before we had the drought in Southern California the poppies and wild flowers would pop. I fell in love with the back lighting of the poppies within this patch...
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Before we had the drought in Southern California the poppies and wild flowers would pop. I fell in love with the back lighting of the poppies within this patch of wild flowers. I celebrate nature every time I shoot wildflowers! Those were the good old days. Hopefully, we will end this drought and Janice will be back in the fields of heaven. :)
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Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 05, 2016
Congratulations !
Sullie
Sullie October 05, 2016
Thank you so much medlabtech :)
ScribblersNest
 
ScribblersNest October 05, 2016
I love CA Poppies!
Sullie
Sullie October 05, 2016
Me too ScribblersNest. Sadly it's been so bad for the while poppies because of our drought. :( I'm hoping for rain this winter.
GeraintRowlandPhotography
 
GeraintRowlandPhotography October 07, 2016
Lovely
Sullie
Sullie October 07, 2016
Hi GerainRowlandPhotography! Thank you :)
Vanismile
 
Vanismile October 25, 2016
Congrats on nature contest ;) Great capture ;)
Sullie
Sullie October 28, 2016
Thanks a bunch Vanigo! :)
Roussou
 
Roussou November 04, 2016
Excellent capture, well done
Sullie
Sullie November 21, 2016
Thank you so much Roussou!
JacquelineLancelotte
 
JacquelineLancelotte November 04, 2016
This is a beautiful capture Janice - the colours and lighting are beautiful. Congratulations on your award! Jacqueline Lancelotte
Sullie
Sullie November 21, 2016
Thank you Jacqueline! Sorry for my delay! What happened to November? :)
Baumhaus
 
Baumhaus May 12, 2017
Great shot! Eye-Catcher :-) I like it so much!
Sullie
Sullie May 19, 2017
Thank you Baumhaus! I had so much fun photographing these poppies. :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was shot in Antelope Valley, Southern California.
Time
This was later in the day where the sun was low and yet high enough to beam into the flowers. The poppies know when the sun is going down so they begin to close their petals for the night. You have to time it just write to get the petals to be standing tall.
Lighting
This is natural back lighting. I was lucky enough to have clouds out for this shot so the light wasn't so harsh. Normally I have to use my JTL circle diffuser to tone down the sun.
Equipment
This was shot with my Canon 5D, 100mm Macro lens and my Manfrotto Tripod down low to the ground.
Inspiration
Antelope Valley is a challenge to photograph flowers because of the wind issues, and I love a challenge ;) When I saw the position of the sun on the flowers I knew I had to set my tripod and begin shooting. These gorgeous flowers only bloom a couple of months a year, so I knew I had to get out and capture their beauty through my lens.
Editing
Antelope Valley is a challenge to photograph flowers because of the wind issues. I love a challenge ;) When I saw the way the sun was hitting the flowers I new I had to set my tripod and shoot away. The inspiration was the beauty of these gorgeous wildflowers that only last a couple of months a year.
In my camera bag
I always have my Canon 5DIII and 5D with my Canon 100mm macro lens and Canon 70 - 200 2.8 zoom lens. I also love my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens in the bag, it's my favorite medium lens. I also have a Manfrotto tripod with a ball head, Canon Timer Remote Controller and JTL 5 in 1 Collapsible Reflector discs. When I'm photographing flowers I'll bring a water bottle mister to add water drops.
Feedback
Because of the wind problems in the valley the best place to photograph these flowers is between hills. If you find some amazing flowers set your camera on a tripod with a trigger and take the shots when the wind stops. You need to have patients for sure. If you have a camera with a mirror, lock it up to reduce camera shake. You can also use diffusion discs to help with the wind and the harsh light. The poppies open as the sun comes out and then later they will close again. Think in your mind what you would like to photograph and plan a day of it. You'll have a blast!

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