Poppies are usually hard to find as a cut flower at the market or anywhere else. Short of sneaking into someone’s yard in the middle of the night, (which I must admit I have considered) I wasn't sure how I would obtain one of these exotic blossoms to take into my studio and photograph.
Of course you can shoot them in their natural setting, but they are such a delicate flower that even the slightest breeze could blur your photo. Besides, I like to take what I call "flower portraits" using natural light in a studio setting.
As soon as I saw the poppies springing up all over town, I decided that this time I would find a way to get that flower photographed. So I did what I could have done many times before - I bought a plant! Every year I have thought of this, but for whatever reason, usually a lack of time and commitment, I never followed through with it.
If you read last week's post, you know that I declared publicly that I was finally going to self-publish the book of floral images I have been wanting to do for years. This focus is helping me accomplish things that I would have normally procrastinated about until it was too late - like buy plants!
Armed with a new determination, I went to the nursery and found a plant with a few healthy flowers as well as some very cool looking buds.
I took the entire plant to the studio and took a few photographs before cutting the flowers to use in a still life setting.
Once you cut the poppies, it's a matter of minutes before they start to look very depressed, so I had to work fast.
Then I did something I am very proud of - I took the plant home and planted it!
It has been great having a poppy plant - if you take care of them, they keep on giving! More than a few times, I have gone out and cut flowers, rushed to the studio and played with them until they could no longer stand (literally).
What really makes me excited is that I actually did something I had only thought about before. For me, art is all about having a vision, an idea - and then doing whatever it takes to make that vision a reality. Doing this gives me a little more confidence in myself and my photography and that feels great!
Here are just a couple of examples of what I have done so far with the poppies. I am still editing hundreds of photographs of various flowers, but am very excited about my first poppy images!
©2010 Dianne Poinski