Papaver Rhoeas Portrait

Papaver Rhoeas Portrait

Papaver Rhoeas Portrait, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger.

I’ve been photographing people lately—and writing, thinking, eating and breathing portraits, people photography, and lighting people for my new upcoming book Creative Portraits: Digital Tips & Techniques. So perhaps it’s not surprising that this poppy portrait looks a little like a headshot. A headshot, that is, of a one-eyed floral cyclops.

To make this image I took advantage of the strong, California late afternoon sunlight coming in through my western window. I suspended some translucent tracing paper between two stands, and used the sunlight projected onto the paper as my back light source for the flower. I shot a number of exposures, with the plan of manually combining these different versions in Photoshop. Each exposure biased to the high key, overexposed side.

Exposure data: 200mm macro, six exposures combined in Photoshop at shutter speeds from 1/13 of a second to 3/5 of a second, each exposure at f/36 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.

This entry was posted in Bemusements, Flowers, Photography.


  1. icanon June 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    Don’t know how to contact you. Are any of your books available as an ebook? I have several of your books and I like to be able to have them on my iPad.


  2. Harold Davis June 15, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Thanks for your comment and interest in my books.

    There are no complete iPad-specific versions of my book. However, there is an iPad version/animation, available on iTunes: Harold Davis – Photoshop Darkroom iPad/iPhone app – It’s free, fun, good photos, and you’ll like it.

    You can also find mt books available for download on Creative Edge, I’m sure these can be read on an iPad as well as other devices:

    I’m working on making my books more generally available in e-reader formats, including versions specifically taking advantage of the iPad’s features.

    Very best wishes,


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  1. By Dahlia | Photoblog 2.0 on August 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    […] a piece of translucent white tracing paper to act as a diffuser between the window and the flower. Papaver Rhoeas Portrait and Light of the Poppy were shot the same […]

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