Edwin Jones Photography | Sussex Landscapes | Poppy Buds of June
Taken 19-Jun-15
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Photo Info

Dimensions5669 x 3773
Original file size13 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken19-Jun-15 18:14
Date modified20-Jun-15 15:15
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeSONY
Camera modelDSLR-A550
Focal length80 mm
Focal length (35mm)120 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.6
Exposure1/640 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Poppy Buds of June

Poppy Buds of June

This shot was taken at a Poppy Field just south of Falmer near Brighton on the West Sussex coast, UK. Poppy fields are not often seen and tend to change each year depending on cultivation. Last year I took pictures at a field near Sompting but there is nothing there this year. The Downs near Falmer have always been a hotspot but there was nothing last year. This field is immediately on the east of a road called the Drove which runs between Falmer and Woodingdean. It is exceptionally handy because the field is adjacent and open to a gravelled cyclepath which runs on the other side of the hedge from the road.

I came by Train and bike but for car drivers the path starts from Park Street near the village pond where there is parking. The poppies are the second field up the hill. I noticed on Street View that this same field in May this year was full of Oil Seed Rape.

The picture was taken about 2 hours before sunset with great light all during my visit. Very little processing was used with just an increase in clarity in camera RAW. One thing about poppy fields is the amount of clutter so I used a narrow depth of field using f6.3 and 80mm to focus on the buds. The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 at 80mm. Taken with a Tripod.