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California Poppies on Old Coast Road

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 26 March 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

A sunny spring day was the only catalyst needed for these Califonia poppies to open their petals. I found these poppies (the official state flower) along Old Coast Road above Highway 1 south of Carmel. I used a Canon 100mm macro lens while lying on my stomach to get the upward perspective. This in turn allowed for the other poppies to lead the eye through the frame but not compete directly with the main poppy in the foreground. To see more of my images, order my book or get information on my workshops, please visit my website at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 100 mm

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