Thursday, June 05, 2008

Poppy Photos

Mostly photos of Papaver Orientale. I never tire taking pictures of the huge, head turning, flowers. The delicate pink one with the tissue thin petals just unfolding in the second photo though not an Orientale is my favorite.

My apologies and to my great dismay, I have just too much on my plate these days and have not had time to visit any of your blogs. I hope to do some catching up in a week or two.

The large red ones appear to be all the same color but in reality are various shades of orange and red. One is even a watermelon color but somehow the camera translated the color subtlety by painting it with the same shade of red as the others. I guess our eyes are such a wonderful instrument to be able to differentiate very minute changes in hue - much more sophisticated than the CCD and CMOS sensors in digital cameras!


Anonymous Jeremy - Pittsgrove Farms said...

These images are absolutely stunning. Don't we all have our plates too full? I thought once we hit summer things were supposed to calm down?

9:31 PM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

Great pictures. :lol: on the watermelon one. I had the same problem when taking a picture of it.

2:51 AM  
Blogger joey said...

I hear you, Ki. Time is precious but what a gorgeous 'parade of poppies'! Mine popped this morning ...

6:34 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jeremy,
Thank you for your kind words. I thought life would become less hectic as I grew older. Instead, it has become more complicated, with things I don't wish to do but are saddled with. Ah well, all things must change. Thanks for your comment.


Hi Chris,
Thanks. I wonder why the digital camera has difficulty with the different shades of red? Some of the blues don't turn out true either. I should try it with my Canon to see if it makes a difference. Thanks for stopping by.


Hi Joey,
Thanks. I hope to stop by soon to see your poppies as well as the usual gorgeous display of flowers you have. See yah!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Entangled said...

Ooh, that canteloupe sorbet color looks good enough to eat.

I've been sporadically reading, but not commenting. Too busy trying to get all the heavy gardening work done before the hot weather set in. We're expecting 98F today and 99F tomorrow, so I think I may have a chance to catch up online.

My camera seems to do well enough with reds, but not so good with magentas, purples, and blues. One day when I have a lot of free time, I'd like to learn more about manipulating the color either in the camera or in processing the image after downloading.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Tabatha said...

wow! i never get tired of looking at their pictures either. totally gorgeous!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Entangled,
Now a sorbet would have been wonderful in the last two days. We hit 97 yesterday and it was supposed to be 98 today. At least we're cooler than you by 1 degree :) We managed to clean the small fishpond (100 gallons) by mid-morning and mowed the lawn before noon but it was blisteringly hot by then. But other things beckoned so unfortunately no online time for me even on Father's day. I guess we'll have two more days of these temps until it finally breaks on Wed.

I tried messing around with color hue and saturation but the background colors were weird when I got the color of the flower almost to the hue I wanted so I gave up trying to doctor the photos.


Hi Tabatha,
We've had some of the poppies for 4-5 years and I don't get tired of them either. Luckily they are such troopers and come up every year. Thanks for stopping by.

5:03 PM  
Blogger kate smudges said...

Those are wonderful poppy photographs. I love the first one. It looks as if it is a painting. I was surprised to see your poppies are already blooming. My few are only about 6 inches tall.

I have the same problem trying to capture blue flowers ... even manipulating the colour in photoshop doesn't help. It just makes them look kind of fake.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate,
Thanks. I like the first one too because it wasn't so roundly symmetrical. For some reason the flower refused to open fully and remained in the squashed form.

I agree, blue is the most difficult color for the digital cameras to capture. I also tried to manipulate the hue but never seemed to be able to even come close and it made the background colors very weird - like orange soil. Thanks for your comment.

3:31 AM  

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