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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 11 July 2007 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The flowers on these beautiful transparent poppies in our front garden last for just a few hours each morning, only to be replaced by a set of new flowers the next day.

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badala from Leiria, Portugal

I love the effect of the light through the petals, almost translucent.

11 Jul 2007 8:40am

@badala: Thanks badala!

Cathie et Michel from Paris, France

I love the poppies, very beautiful flowers, light

11 Jul 2007 9:19am

@Cathie et Michel: This photo of the poppies happens to be the one posted on the day when my blog went live - I wasn't expecting all your lovely, encouraging comments so it was a great surprise tonight when I opened the link. Thank you both sincerely.


Babul Bhatt from Bombay, India

lovely soft focus and wonderful composition... doesnt' fail to make this a winning shot...

11 Jul 2007 10:14am

@Babul Bhatt: Thanks Babul - You are very kind!

bm from Budapest, Hungary


11 Jul 2007 12:40pm

@bm: bm,
thank you - it is great to get such kind words of encouragement!

our little hood from bruges, Belgium

a real real beauty Ian!
cheers robin

11 Jul 2007 5:45pm

@our little hood: Thank you Robin - I wasn't expecting to get any comments at all so receiving such warm words of encouragement is very heart warming.
Ian from Gatineau, Canada

Very good shot...

11 Jul 2007 6:16pm Thank you very much Louise!

MichelG from Koksijde, Belgium

WOW this is a real beautiful picture, good composition and a amazing mood

11 Jul 2007 6:53pm

@MichelG: Thank you for your very kind words of encouragement Michel - I'm so pleased you liked the composition and mood of the photo!

QBert from Grand Rapids, United States

"Poppies will put them to sleep"

Great shot, aren't those opium poppies?

11 Jul 2007 7:53pm

@QBert: QBert,
Thanks very much.
I am no expert on poppies but I know that these particular ones don't produce the large fat seed pods that are are needed to produce opium.
Also I think opium poppies have a much bigger flower head than these.

Lock from Leeds, United Kingdom

awesome shot. wonderful colours and very dreamy.

11 Jul 2007 10:03pm

@Lock: Thanks lock,
I loved the colour of these poppies too and the way the sun shines straight through the flower petals.

our little hood from bruges, Belgium

well, this image just couldn't be left alone Ian, there are so many flower shots, and also so many bad ones (if I may say so) but this one is very original and it belongs to one of my favourites
cheers again robin :-)

12 Jul 2007 10:13am

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Gorgeous. Very well handled; great job.

13 Jul 2007 1:06pm

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru! - thats a real compliment coming from you as i admire the photos on your blog very much.

daniel kurniawan from solo, Indonesia

beautiful shot ian.. did you using picasa for that lens blur/local blur effect? just perfect! :)

15 Jul 2007 6:10pm

@daniel kurniawan: Hi Daniel !
Yes, I don't own a diital SLR and Picasa2 was an easy and interesting way of achieving concentration on the main subject using the blur tool - well spotted!

Andrea Auf dem Brinke from Desenzano (BS), Italy

That's a great stuff! Lovely composition, and the light is perfect! did you used the flash?

31 Aug 2007 5:04pm

@Andrea Auf dem Brinke: Thanks! - there was no flash on this photo as I wanted to capture the sunlight coming through the transparent poppy petals.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

wonderful pic, great !

17 Sep 2007 8:42pm

@Stefan: thanks very much Stefan!

Gabor Havasi from Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful shot.

18 Sep 2007 10:59am

@Gabor Havasi: Thanks Gabor!

Bernard Bosmans from Melbourne, Australia

Wonderful low angle and creative shot, lovely dreamy effect.

24 Sep 2007 9:20am

@Bernard Bosmans: Thanks Bernard!

Bernhard from Marchtenk, Austria

this is an amazing photo, i like it very much.

keep on shooting photos like that

greetings from austria

14 Apr 2008 9:44pm

Alberto from Valladolid, Spain

love this one, seems like a gigantic poppy!!

7 May 2008 6:42pm

@Alberto: Thanks Alberto!

hixster from guildford, United Kingdom

Superb poppies, they look wonderful backlit like that! Nice photo. :-)

8 Jun 2008 2:30pm