Finally, in honour of the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, the sun obliged by shining and in the space of a day we visited four Bluebell woods. A fifth wood (first image below) had been visited a few days earlier when the sun failed to shine.
It has been my impression this year that the woods are darker than usual – the result of the bluebells being delayed more than the beech trees, meaning that the canopy seems denser and therefore sunlight is restricted. But with a choice of woods, there is always something to find.
In my previous Post – Re-interpreting Blubells – I wrote of my attempts each year to find a different approach to an icon of Spring. Bluebells are not easy to photograph – the haze of blue that you see from a car in passing is the quintessential image, but it can so easily look like an out of focus mess when you try to capture them.
The images in this post include some traditional images – they are de rigueur and still bring delight. This year I found a fern to add interest and variety.
Also this year, I have experimented with my 500mm Mirror lens: on a DX camera that equates to a whopping 750mm lens. A tripod is required! A Mirror lens image is immediately identifiable by the donut shaped bokeh. You either love them or hate them. But the lens does have the capability to produce unusually atmospheric images.
Finally I experimented further with panning during the exposure and motion blur during processing. These techniques yield an appropriately impressionistic approach to this flower although it won’t be to everyone’s taste.
Hopefully, there is something here for all lovers of the Bluebell season. Do let me have your thoughts – it’s always good to get your comments. And don’t forget to sign up as a subscriber or for RSS feeds.