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May is poppy time in Tuscany: everywhere you go in the countryside there are fields of them looking fabulous. For these, I didn’t have to go far – just over the wall of our terrace into the field below the house. This shot is straight from the camera, taken this morning, 22 May 2009 looking into the morning sun. It’s very similar to Poppies 2; I just got a bit closer. I can’t decide which I prefer.

Canon 1DMkII with Canon 70-200mm f4L IS lens at 70mm and Canon EF25 tube; ISO200 f10 1/320

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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 5 years ago

    it’s beautiful also, I would just do just a bit less on crop without cropping the gorgeous texture and light on the top of the flower.

  • Thanks for the feedback, Luda. The composition was in the camera, no cropping after. Unfortunately, I can’t take more of that bunch – I just went outside to check and they’re gone! – it looks as if something large like one of the wild boar we get around here has wandered by! However, there are plenty of others around, I just need that wonderful light.

    – David Clarke

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 5 years ago

    oh, David, I just decided that this is crop #2, and you prior comment sounds like you asking which one is the best. Sorry that they all gone, they are my favors, but they do not stay for long. They all gorgeous. Will wait for new ones from you.

  • I can see why you thought that, Luda, the angle is almost identical. I was just going for a greater macro shot on this one. I’ll look for some more!!

    – David Clarke

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    Beautiful light and texture detail captured John. Like the angle.

  • Many thanks, Olitto! :))

    – David Clarke

  • AngelArtiste
    AngelArtisteover 5 years ago

    It must be lovely to live in Italy. I wish I could! Sigh…

    Your poppy pictures are BEAUTIFUL!

  • Thanks so much, Angela, I’m very pleased you liked them. You have some great work in your portfolio.

    – David Clarke

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    David…..I did it again, sorry…

  • No problem, Bob!!

    – David Clarke

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    …that’ll teach me a lesson! I dont know what it is with me and “John”…. almost made a comment on one of your photographs in Afrikaans too…
    But hey, David, I truly appreciate your work and the way you present a series together with all information added and so on…. Youre not only a very good and tallented photographer, youre also a well-organised artist..(that’s rare) Great work David!!

  • Thanks, Olitto, you’re very kind. I’m blushing!!

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    Ciao Amici
    Compliments on this simple beauty !

  • Ti ringrazio molto, John!!

    – David Clarke

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCover 5 years ago

    the colour and detail are superb David,
    a wonderful capture!

  • Many thanks, Wendy, I really appreciate it:))

    – David Clarke

  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedtover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Thanks very much, Jens!

    – David Clarke

  • noffi
    noffiover 5 years ago

    David. I have just looked at all your poppies and I must say that I do not have a favorite. I think all of them have something special. I like them all very much. The light shining through them especially appeals to me. I could see a set of them making a stunning group of cards. or perhaps a few more and you will have a calendar. No matter what…They are all beautiful.
    Ciao, liz

  • Liz, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I’m delighted that you liked these shots:) A calendar is a good idea – I have a few more shots I didn’t post and some of some California poppies I’ve yet to sort out.
    Thanks again Liz, you’re very kind.
    Un abbraccio, David

    – David Clarke

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