It's been pouring in Sacramento all day (not that there's anything wrong with that) so I've decided to channel spring. This image is from last spring, but I just processed it today. It'll be in my book, "The Undiscovered Country," scheduled for release this September.
I talk to my workshop students a lot about managing their depth of field. Usually photographers try to maximize depth of field, but as you can see with this image, that's not always desirable. Here I wanted enough DOF to render the foreground flowers (can anyone identify these purple wildflowers?) sharp, while rendering the poppies in the background splashes of color.
I was shooting with my 100-400 lens and an extension tube, so DOF field would be limited anyway (by the extension tube). I did have to play a bit with my DOF preview button to find the right setting, but I finally found something that satisfied me.
It's hard to believe I'll be out shooting poppies again in a little over a month. I really do love all the rain we've been getting this week (Lord knows we need it), but I can't help but get a little excited by the poppy explosion that's just around the corner here in California.
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