Yippieh, I had the chance to take out the camera for fun once more, and not for work, and I had the chance to test my new lens out in the open and play with it a little there! I had seen these poppies on the side of the road, next to the bike path, bordering on a field with rye, I think, for weeks and weeks, but never had the chance to stop and really take the pics I had wanted to take ever since I had seen "astrodav's" wonderful poppie photos on here. I don't think mine are even remotely living up to those that inspired me - and not ONLY because the time to finally take these was almost up and I'd have almost missed the moment for this year... Have a look for yourselves then 1. 2. 3. Ah, yes, well, this is a bit of play with apertures and DOF of the new lens 4. 5. 5a - and hey, I like what the new lens gives me, this is a crop from the above picture: 6. At f1.8, DOF is decidedly shallow, something I have to learn how to use to its best effect as yet. But it felt good to be out again and take "some green photos", of the kind that at least nabero was missing to see on here (so she said somewhere else). Have fun!