California Poppy in black and white

California Poppy

As I continue my explorations into ICM photography, I am also in the process of photographing some local wildflowers. In the end of the spring, when the invasive grass turns brown along with everything else, I hope I will have a small gallery showcasing a local selection of wildflowers in their full color.

For the moment, a black and white composition portraying the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, seemed appropriate, since right now everybody else on social media is showing them in their full luminous orange hue. The California poppy is the official state flower and is very abundant now, covering hills and valleys. The photo above, I think, will be a welcome addition to my Chloroplast series.

And since I refuse to take myself too seriously, I proudly present my fashion- conscious outfit when i go out chasing flowers. I am allergic to pollen and a spring day in the field is a dangerous endeavor for me. By covering my airways and hair, dressing in layers that I can peal off when I am driving, showering when I arrive home and taking anti-histamine, I usually get through the spring without a single allergy attack.

Fashion me

Location: Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Preserve near Winters, California, USA;

Equipment: Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 105mm F2.8; diffuser;

Settings:   f/5.6, 1/2500 s, ISO 320; 

Tips:  One irritating thing about this flower is that it only opens fully in full sun. To photograph it properly, chances are that you will need to use a diffuser. For this angle, I laid down on the ground, while the flowers were on a slope.  Pay attention that the background is not glowing otherwise the background will steal the thunder of your image. I added grain to the black and white photograph.

Published by Alessandra Chaves

Photographer with a preference for nature photography in black and white and other abstractions.

18 thoughts on “California Poppy in black and white

  1. Love the mask! I learned last year that an N-95 helps me deal with my allergy attacks. Whatever works, right! I love your photography, and I’m glad you’ve found a way to make it possible even during allergy season. ๐Ÿ™‚ (This is another reason why I’ve never become too involved with plein air painting.)

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      1. I tried going out with a simpler cloth mask, and it wasn’t so effective. The N-95 works wonders for me. Fortunately, since my husband is in the health care field, he was given a good supply to use. He thought of me and my allergies at once. ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes such a difference!

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  2. My sympathies on the pollen allergies. Looks like you have a system for addressing it though!

    I can relate to your comments on flowers that only open in full sun. We have quite a few spring ephemerals here that behave the same way. Iโ€™ve had more than a few compositions Iโ€™ve had to walk away from because of those bright backgrounds I couldnโ€™t diffuse.

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