Poppy Painting

"Poppy Painting" by Derrick Story

Even though it was mid-day, I just had to photograph the field of poppies and roses that were across from my studio.

I was testing a Contax 159mm that was loaded with Fujifilm Superia 400 print film. I opted for the Zeiss 35-70mm f/3.4 zoom. One of the things I love about that optic is its close-up mode.

After a few standard shots, I sat down in the field, moved the lens to macro mode, and opened up the aperture to f/3.4. I rested my elbows on my folded legs to steady the camera. I knew that I would have very shallow depth of field. This resulting image, the only one of its kind, was definitely the hero frame on the roll.

I'm so glad I didn't pass on this shot because it was the "bright time of day."

-Derrick

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