Red Poppy


Olympus E-PM1 and 45mm f1.8 lens

It was just over a railing in a garden here in Edinburgh, so I looked down on it and braced my arms on the railing to get the shot.

As I was processing it in Photoshop, it seemed to me to have come from the 1890s – somewhere in Continental Europe – maybe France. I imagined a woman in a large hat and long dress nipped at the waist.

And it reminded me of tablecloths and chairs and wallpaper, dark and rich.

So I made a second layer of the image and adjusted the blending mode to create a dark image.

And here is the same image more or less straight out of the camera.


And here is a crop showing the centre of the poppy.


3 thoughts on “Red Poppy

  1. Lovely! Hot colors, red and orange especially, seem to overpower any digital camera I’ve owned, both Oly and Canon. They head off into some other color space that is less vibrant. I hate to post-process, but sometimes it seems to be the only way to get their intensity back.


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