Early California Poppy

California Poppies abound in this area of Central California. I captured this with a Fuji XT3, 80mm lens at f4 1/500 sec. It was a bit breezy so had to shoot many times to get it as quiet as possible With a fast shutter speed…


This has quite a lovely soft feel to it Megg. Poppies are challenging for me to capture, seems they are so delicate any amount of wind will blow them around. I love the color contrast and the soft out of focus background. Nicely done.

Hey @megg
Gorgeous image. Love the softness and the many shoots were well worth it. The focus spot is bang on. Not easy with wind.

Thanks for sharing,

A favorite subject of mine - your shot has lovely light, color and a simple composition that really showcases the poppie’s beauty.

Thanks so much for your positive comments. Poppies are ALWAYS a challenge. They refuse to sit still for very long. I just sit and wait…and wait…and wait.

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I appreciate your comments. Poppies are one of my favorites.