The Bluebell season is in full swing in the UK (and very late) but apart from the briefest of visits to a local site to check on their status, I have yet to take a single meaningful image due to the poor weather. Today’s images are therefore from a previous year.
Bluebells are one of the Icons of Spring. The classic but rather hackneyed image is of a haze of blue under a canopy of Beech leaves.
This type of image is taken a million times every year. Each year I try to see how I can produce something that is a little different. Getting in close, going long or wide with a different lens, experimenting with depth of field for instance.
Two days ago I was looking through last year’s images in a nostalgic way and decided that this year (if I ever got the opportunity) the way to go was via Blur. Previously I have experimented with panning during exposure to produce vertical blur. Tricky to master and producing unpredictable results. The easier way is to do it during processing using Motion Blur. It also allows for a selective blur, using a layer mask to leave the green canopy sharp but the bluebells blurred.
So, here is my re-interpretation of the first image – firstly the entire original image, and secondly, a selective vertical crop.
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