Ten shots to commemorate 6th June 1944 - Updated
It seems poignant that my first poppy field workshop in 2019 was today, 6th June on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy. My ten shots to commemorate 6th June 1944
As the sun rose this morning over these gorgeous fields of red poppies my thoughts went out to the tens of thousands of boys and men who died or were maimed and faced a terrifying landing with their comrades falling all around them.
I sincerely hope that today's commemorations serve as a reminder to all those who preach intolerance, division, hatred and bigotry that these brave people died to stop the spread of fascism and liberate Europe from the Nazi occupation and tyranny.
While the poppy is associated with remembrance and inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" it still represents the fallen and feels appropriate, to me at least, to remember all those who lost their lives in the First World War and in all subsequent conflicts.
Update 8th June
I ran the second poppy workshop last night in the evening for sunset. It was a stormy and largely wet day but by teatime the rain had stopped and the sun started to show. I didn't expect the nuclear sky and clouds but that's what we got, so the group was very happy to have some drama and immense colour.
Personally I have never been a fan of wild colour in the sky because it tends to dominate the landscape itself and turn the viewers attention to the loudest part of the image. For me, that is a dilemma when it comes to making an image. An image about poppy fields quickly turns into a battle between the poppies and the sky. However, sometimes it’s nice to have both and maybe poignant this week, on the the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings that the sky conjures up the fiery and smoke filled atmosphere that soldiers would have encountered 75 years ago.
I had a lovely group of five ladies who all engaged really well, asked lots of good questions and by all accounts really enjoyed a Saturday night in the poppy fields. Thanks to them for being so enthusiastic and willing to try new things. I look forward to seeing your photos in the comments section below, in due course. Here are four that I took last night when showing how to filter the exposure for the sky.
Update 9th June
The third and final poppy workshop for 2019 took place last night and despite a brief light shower, the conditions once again turned dramatic as the sun dropped down over the poppy field. I had another great group of clients in attendance who all enjoyed the spectacle. I’m glad we managed to re-arrange everything so successfully this year and maximise the opportunity over three workshops. Thank you to all those who attended and I hope you and others will return again next year, and to other events.
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A handful shots I took in the last 30mins of the workshop.
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