Californian Poppy Leaves

Californian Poppy Leaf in Profile

I grew some Californian poppies last summer but they didn’t do very well, possibly because of the very hot summer. As the winter was so mild they survived unprotected in a pot.

I noticed some of the leaves had reddened at the edges and liked the effect. I got a few in to put in front of the camera.

I particularly liked the profile shot, something about the buff coloured background and the shapes of the leaves reminds me of botanical illustrations.

Leaf of and over wintered Californian Poppy

This week I decided to post two versions of the shot.

As part of moving away from shooting against black I am also exploring different ways of treating the images.

I like the moody softness of this version but I wonder what you think?

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  1. Bhakti 24th March 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    Marius, the softness and color of the grayed version is gorgeous! What a fun exploration. Bhakti

    • mariusgrose 24th March 2019 at 9:56 pm #

      Thank you Bhakti encouraging comments.

  2. Latifah Brett 24th March 2019 at 4:21 pm #

    I think the moody one is just that and I enjoy the pale grays & softer edges Marius.

    • mariusgrose 24th March 2019 at 9:57 pm #

      Thank you Latifah. Always good to get feedback.

  3. Kate 17th April 2019 at 6:17 pm #

    Marius, I think I prefer the gold one. It’s vibrant and has the spirit of the poppy in it. The soft one is ok but looks a bit contrived… They’re both interesting though.

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