Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-Winner Birma/Andy

A photo challenge starting January 5th 2009. One image only, normal size restrictions apply (1000 pixel maximum width or height recommended - if vertical we suggest 700 pixels maximum width). No followup images (comparisons) except by those who have not already posted their one image. Discussion welcome - please only repeat images in discussion posts if absolutely essential. Aster has been appointed moderator of this forum in recognition of her commitment to making it great fun. This does not prevent others from setting challenges!

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One image only, normal size restrictions apply (1000 pixel maximum width or height recommended - if vertical we suggest 700 pixels maximum width). No followup images (comparisons) except by those who have not already posted their one image. Discussion welcome - please only repeat images in discussion posts if absolutely essential. Participants should provide basic camera data (body, lens, ISO, mode, exposure over-ride or WB settings), and details of raw processing and subsequent PP.
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Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-Winner Birma/Andy

Unread postby aster » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:30 am

Hi everyone, :)

Here's a photo challenge for all those nature-loves that love to capture the uniqueness of flowers, flower fields, discovering new flower/weed species in their own good time.

Please share with us your 'flowers' from all over te world; from valleys, highlands, lowlands, backyards, marshlands, gardens or parks, wherever you please.

They could be macro, tele or wide-angle captures depending on your wish to present the flowers.

Let us see your SUMMER FLOWERS! :)

Good luck!

Yildiz




Specifications:

*.. Challenge #54 ends on August 30th, 2013.
*.. You may enter with as many photos as you like. We'd like to see your favourites.
*.. If you'll upload using the website's own upload feature, dimensions and the size should not exceed 1024*1024 and 250 KB respectively. If you link your photo from an external website/gallery the dimension and the size restrictions don't apply.
*.. Please title your submitted photos to make listing more sensible during the poll listing.
*.. Have fun!

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby Birma » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:29 am

Well Yildiz, what a challenge! :) This gives me a huge problem of which pictures to chose as I have almost exclusively been shooting meadows for the last two months or so. I have decide to give myself a personal boundary of pictures after the 1st June to qualify as "Summer". Here are my first two entries.

I like this first one as it is in an area that I hadn't visited before the day this picture was taken and I was immediately enchanted with the place. Glorious rolling countryside, and wonderful wild, meadow flowers.

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Joan's Hill Farm 2013 - From The Orchard by Birm, on Flickr

This next one is from one of my regular locations and my favourite wild flower meadow. I continue to find it a huge challenge to capture on camera the colours of a summer meadow as I see them in real life but this picture goes furthest towards my goal, for me, so far. The colours are just about there, and with enough texture in the foreground to give the impression of where the picture is set.

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Eades Meadow 2013 - Meadow Flowers 8 by Birm, on Flickr

Both with A99. First with SAL 28-75, and second with Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro.

More later ;)
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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby aster » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:25 am

Lovely, smooth and eye-catching starters, Andy.

Looking forward to more... :D I can only imagine the number of shots those special places tricked you into shooting. :D


Dazzle us! : ))

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby david antony » Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:52 am

Two great shots Birma, the second is magical, had you signed it Claude Monet I would have beleived it. ;^) I will try a flower/field before Aug 15. For now here is some sort of Michaelmas Daisy I think? taken in my neighbour Toms garden last Monday.

Thanks for setting this up Yildiz. Anticipating some gorgeous flower/field shots from our very talented members.

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby aster » Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:37 am

Oops! Thanks for pointing out the ending date there, David Antony. :)

I corrected the date in the specifications part to 30th August, as was already announced in the challenge title. I had first decided on 15th but later just thought that the time should be extended until it's officially Autumn.

Great entry by the way. Tom has a neat garden it appears. The colour fusion on these daisies is spectacular.

Thanks for sharing,

Yildiz

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby Birma » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:32 pm

I managed to realise one of my photographic ambitions for the year at the weekend; I managed to get to a Poppy field at dawn. Here are a couple for the challenge.

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2013 Bewdley - Sunrise Poppy Field 1 by Birm, on Flickr

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2013 Blackstone - Sunrise Poppy 2 by Birm, on Flickr


Both A99, the first with KM 17-35 f/2.8-4, and the second with the Sigma 70-300.
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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby aster » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:03 pm

Beautiful...

Thanks for sharing, Andy.

Yildiz

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby mikeriach » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:09 pm

Absolutely stunning Andy.
I wouldn't be able to get up that early or did you just not go to bed.
It's light in the sky here around 02:30 but sunrise is a little later....

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby Dr. Harout » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:11 pm

Andy, that's divine.
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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby bakubo » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:55 pm

Birma, those are both wonderful!

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby Birma » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:40 am

Thank you Yildiz, Mike, Doc and Henry - your comments are much appreciated :)

Mike, you have it much worse at your latitude. Now we are past the longest day (and the nights are drawing in :) ) the sunrises are getting a bit better. It was 04:55 on Saturday down here so that is sort of do-able for me as the place in within 30 mins drive from my house.
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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby david antony » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:58 pm

Utterly mesmerized by both Birma. Wow.

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby mikeriach » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:00 pm

Andy, I'd only get up that early for some special aircraft... :roll:

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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby Birma » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:16 pm

Thanks DA :)

I know what you mean Mike :D
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Re: NEW-Challenge #54:"Summer Flowers/Fields"-ends Aug 30

Unread postby mikeriach » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:40 pm

So Andy, how big a canvas print are you doing for the wall?
I did a rather large sunset one for the stairscase recently and it looks great.

I have a feeling you could sell that to someone like Ikea as a large wall hanging.

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