In my lightboxes:
- Title: California Poppy
- State/Province/Region: California
- Country: United States
- Nearest Area: Berwick Park, Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail
- Nearest Town: Pacific Grove
- GPS Longitude: -121.913911
- GPS Latitude:
- Best Season: Spring
- Description: While attending Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk in 2009, the group walked along the shoreline of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary between Pacific Grove and Monterey, with the customary practice of ending the walk at a restaurant along Cannery Row.
With the photowalk not beginning until 1:00pm, I was very disheartened as to what we would find in such harsh light. Most of the group seemed more like tourists; shooting the bay, the beautiful houses along the way, and a lot of store front shots on Cannery Row. Since I've visited this area many, many times and new the light to be poor this time of day for a grandscape shot, I chose to go in tight: california ground squirrels, black oystercatchers, and vegetation.
While the poppies are nothing new to the area, a bumble bee pollinating on one tells a more interesting story. My knowledge of photography at that point was more luck than knowledge. Given an early afternoon shot in the middle of summer, I shot this wide open (ƒ/5.6) with 1/1000s shutter speed. I believe my only saving grace was a circular polarizer attached to my lens.
- Gear: Nikon D70, NIKKOR 70-300 F/4-5.6G
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