Peter Bargh

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September 16th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 259 – it’s raining

I’m still making the most of the poppies that grew in my garden and I decided to try out my new hose pipe (bought for £4 from Tesco yesterday). I took the Elincrom D-Lite flash outdoors and positioned it to the right and behind the poppy heads. I then set the Pentax K20D camera up in front and at a distance using the Tamron 500mm Mirror lens for the tight frame. I then set the hose going and pointed it upwards so the water went up and then fell down over the poppy heads to give the effect of rain.

July 28th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 209 – reading the poppy seeds

A bearded bloke is going to cross my path…

I started taking photos with the poppy head attached to the stalk with the sky behind…using flash and underexposing the cloudy sky, then I moved over to the glass patio table. The bare shots look pretty average so I printed out one of my colourful poppy shots and propped that up behind the head so the reflection appeared behind the head. That looked ok, but not what I wanted to share here. So then I tipped out some seeds and photographed the head with seeds. And then I moved a few around and started to create the face…and ended up with this shot with the sky reflected in the table as the backdrop.

I do enjoy messing around with ideas. It was taken with the Pentax K5 and 16-45mm lens.

July 6th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 187 – natural filter

On what will probably be my next to last poppy shot I decided to position the camera so that a poppy head was filtered by a foreground poppy petal.

The long lens (500mm Tamron) has thrown the front petal totally out of focus resulting in a colour cast over the entire photo but no detail. So the background focused poppy head is sharp with a colour wash over the top.

Cokin used to sell a filter that had a colour effect similar to this so I’m pleased with the natural (free) result.


June 27th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 178 – Fields of red

I had a couple of red poppies appear in the garden today, and later in the day noticed Josh (ePHOTozine’s technical editor) had uploaded a camera review with pictures taken in a poppy field.  I hadn’t realised we had any in the vicinity but this one was just up the road in Anston. So off I pooped this evening with the Pentax K-5 and a bag of lenses. My aim was to takes shots different to my normal one in focus blurred background poppy shots. I had the lens baby (failed), the ultra wide (failed), the macro (failed) and the Tamron 500mm mirror (result)

I’d hope to use the Tamron with the 2x flat field converter to get super compression but it just wasn’t giving me what I wanted, so I reverted back to the 500mm alone (gives 750mm equivalent on the K-5).

So here’s one of the shots. The mirror lens gives unusual Marmite (love or hate) out of focus highlights. In fact it puts a halo around any bright object too. So the stalks took on a new look. I love the scrambled effect it gives.

June 23rd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 174 – raindrops

Raindrops on the poppy petals today. I’ll soon have exhausted the poppy patch by which time the petals will have all fallen off. Next I’m looking forward to a shot of the skeleton poppy head. That’s a few weeks away.

June 22nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 173 – poppy bulb

Continuing my theme of poppy photos while I have them in the garden, this is of the bulb before it explodes into a large and colourful poppy. I included the other stalks in to balance the right side.
It’s part of my photo365 project.

June 21st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 172 – poppy head

A poppy head shot with the iphone hipstamatic

June 17th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 168 – poppy drops

I’m making the most of the poppy explosion in the garden, and the rain with this shot.
A poppy petal fell off, so I placed it on the garden table and framed up tightly using the 100mm macro on a Pentax K5.

June 16th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 167 – Delicate

A close up abstract of a poppy petal…such large and delicate things – they don’t stand a chance in the wind and rain.

June 12th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 163 – The First Poppy

We had a pond. At one end was a water feature on an incline with a few pond type flowers around the cascade and a stray poppy.

The filter pump went so we decided to fill it in. Bricks from the incline wall were used to fill the main part of the pond and the soil was transferred to cover the brick, ready to pave over with a patio. I’ve not got round to paving so we have a pond shaped patch of soil and on that patch have sprung poppies.

So from that one stray poppy on the small bank of the incline the whole bed has been covered …and this was the site this morning – the first of the flowers to appear.

There are going to be hundreds on this colourful but messy looking area. I’m going to be taking a lot of abstract photos in the coming days.