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This morning I noticed bluebells growing alongside a railway track in Surrey.
Where have you spotted Bluebells this year, when do you expect to see the best "purple haze" and what tips to you have to capture the best shots of this wonderful plant?
p.s. I hope to out with my camera in Sussex this Sunday on the hunt for them
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We have several really decent patches in Clumber Park along the road side, also in woodland around Shireoaks and in the Wood at Rufford Abbey.
Get down to ground lever and look around without taking shots first. Then you can spot isolated stems with good backgrounds. Use a longer lens to throw the background out of focus.
I did a video on epz.tv about using a 500mm for bluebells last year. It's worth a look.
When shooting scenes rather than individually include some other detail to prevent it being just a blue carpet of colour. I often use overhanging branches with lush green leaves to contrast and create more impact. Or I find a tree trunk (silver birch looks good) placed on a third to the left or right works well.
The master speaks......
Am hoping to get to Clumber in the next few days or so to bag some myself, i think i will spot you Pete, laying on the floor
Quote: i think i will spot you Pete, laying on the floor
Thats only because he's looking for the change people have dropped
Quote: Am hoping to get to Clumber in the next few days or so to bag some myself,
Try the road from the A1 Round about down towards Rufford Abbey on the right it's usually very good
Quote: Thats only because he's looking for the change people have dropped
Damn, you knew?
Overcast conditions, even perhaps a slight drizzle are better than bright sunlight.
Although tempting, as it looks good by eye, a carpet of just solid bluebells does not usually look so good on a transparency.
I believe it needs breaking up a little with, if you are lucky some other wild flowers.
Low down looking up a slope with backlit green leaves of trees is nice.
Oh, just a thought as it may suite your style, how about some macro shots / creative long exposures with the sense of movement ?
Use a polariser to kill the shine from the foliage which is evil on bluebells. This lets the colour of the flowers show to perfection.
Up North we don't get bluebells flowering until the middle of May!
some out behind my house too - discovered this evening.
Quote: Some out behind my house too - discovered this evening
Bit of a trek from Brighton though
Here's my latest effortlink
Low down, no wind, f2.8 and choose your B/G carefully.
The UV light affects the reflected colour which is why overcast conditions are best
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Was at Abbeystead on Sunday Jeanie - no sign of them flowering there yet and it's a riot of them when they get going
Saw a few out in a hedgerow here in Northamptonshire. So off to the woods on Sunday to have a look to see if the main lot are out.
Priory Wood near Portbury/Bristol is locally renowned for it's display of Bluesbells. and I can add that it's just beginning to come to life with the flowers. BTW take an evening visit there and find the correct location and you may even be lucky enough to catch sight of the resident Badgers.
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