Gathering Storm over Opium Poppies
Grown under license for medicinal purposes, opium poppies are a striking element of the midsummer countryside. I photographed this field near Hungerford in evening sun, as dark storm clouds approached from the south giving an unusual colour balance. A short telephoto (84mm) lens compressed perspective, pulling the distant tree clump into the image and making the poppies appear dense; requiring multiple frames to be focus-stacked. No opium poppies were harmed in the making of this photograph but one photographer got thoroughly drenched.