On our drive back home from our snowbird season, we stopped for a night of free parking at a Casino in Nice, California.
As we pulled in, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, behind the dumpsters in the back, a small patch of California Poppies.
When the wind died down, I went out with my telephoto lens and my Canon 500D close-up filter to see what kind of interesting compositions I could come up with.
By the way, I love the 500D filter because it means I can get macro shots without having to carry around a dedicated macro lens.
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It’s funny how often I find a great subject, or something amazing happens like an incredible sunset or a herd of antelope, in the most unexpected places like casinos and truck stops.
I had been looking for a pretty patch of poppies in all the parks, and I found them behind a casino dumpster. (I think it was a little too early in the year for the poppies to be everywhere!)
elizabeth Parnis says
I love your photography. I have a Nikon 3200. what would you suggest for mactro without carrying around a ton!! Would the 500D be oak for me. ?
Mike DF says
Hi, I use a 500D and have done for the last 3 years; my first DSLR. It does a great job though my kit 18-55mm is a little tight after it and the camera faceplanted when the tripod fell over. Go for it. My favourite lens for it is the 50mm 1.8 prime which gives great results.
Laurie MacBride says
I’m not surprised to hear the poppies by the casino were flowering in advance of the ones out in “nature” – I think that all the concrete and steel around built-up areas makes for more light reflection and heat absorption, thus a warmer mini-ecosystem in which plants flower sooner.
I use close-up lenses too, although mine are only single-element. The 500D looks very good – might have to upgrade mine one of these days.
Laura @Travelocafe says
Poppies! Such a great shot! Thanks.