Poppies Popping Up in the Neighborhood
Monday 25 May 2015 — Category: Shooting
golden poppies ... they are so graceful, delicate ... and orange! Perhaps another reason is that they are the state flower of California where I was raised.
Whether for aesthetic or nostalgic reasons, I’m always captivated by their beauty when I happen to see them. Fortunately for me, there is a patch of poppies in a certain yard in the neighborhood. Just the other day as I was passing them on my daily neighborhood walk, they were glowing in the sun in all their glory.
So I whipped out my still-kind-of-new Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 pocket camera, which I always have with me when I leave the house. When reviewing the photos on the camera’s LCD screen, I wasn’t sure that they were turning out very well.
But when I looked at them closer as I was processing them in Adobe Lightroom, I was surprised and delighted to find that they had turned out quite well. In fact, they needed hardly any processing at all! The exposure, color balance and saturation were practically perfect in every way, and there was very little image noise. The photos only needed a bit of sharpening, and that’s it!
Just the previous week I had taken some flower shots with the ZS50, but none of them turned out very good, so they were completely unusable. Sometimes I have my doubts about the camera’s image quality, however, the results from these photos once again demonstrate what the ZS50 is capable of. Decent lighting definitely helps.
The four poppy pictures I took can be seen in the Neighborhood 2015 album.