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Weird nightmare
You haunt my every dream
Weird nightmare
Tell me what's your scheme?


Hi Folks,
Thanks to those who voted and/or commented on 'Swaledale Ewe', much appreciated, as always. It was an image I was particularly proud of and it is somewhat frustrating that ever so many people looked at it and then moved on without commenting on why they didn't like it or what they didn't like about it. Whereas I enjoy the ego boost that a hatful of votes gives, animal portraits (in monochrome at that) are not my usual fare and I had hoped for some good, honest critique. Oh well..............
A couple of weeks ago, a secret informer on this site sent me a PM saying that the bluebells in Newton Wood on the lower slopes of Roseberry Topping were at their best. The very next evening, steviehutch and I set out on what turned out to be the weirdest, most unpleasant photography trip I have ever experienced. Steve is great company, the bluebells were superb and the light (at least for a while) was fantastic. However, when we reached the location of Joe Cornish's famous image of said bluebells, the place was literally crawling with other togs. There were at least 30 of them, busily flattening the very flowers they had come to photograph whilst getting in each other's way and talking complete cowdung. The biggest laugh of all is that Jc's composition no longer really works as the trees have matured in the years since he took it, forming a barrier rather than allowing the eye to wander through the picture. I soon retreated from this weird nightmare, a scene out of 'Photography Hell', further up the hill to attempt my own compositions, one of which is above. I am glad I saw the bluebells, undoubtably the best I've ever seen, but if I ever return at this time of year, it will be without a camera so as not to be associated with the rampaging hoards, damaging the landscape with their lack of imagination and sheep-like mentality.
Have a great evening and thanks for dropping by.
Dave
P.S. Lyrics from 'Weird Nightmare' by the late, great Charles Mingus.

Brand:Canon 7D
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon 15-85mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Weird Nightmare
Username:DaveMead DaveMead
Uploaded:23 May 2011 - 4:48 PM
Tags:Bluebells, Landscape / travel, Never want to see that many togs in one place again, North york moors, Roseberry, Topping
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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 5:06 PM

I like your shot of the bluebells - pity about the thundering herd you had to contend with. A

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Chant57
Chant57 e2 Member 8371 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 5:07 PM

Loved the write up Dave. Caught in some lovely evening light. A veritable carpet of blue.
C

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 5:13 PM

Lovely stripes of varied blues and mauves and pinks............Sandy

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 5:37 PM

Superb image and so great to see such a concentrated carpet of bluebells in the open rather than on the forest floor. Interesting to read your narrative and how so many were attracted to the scene, yet damage what they had come to capture.
Ronnie.

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Porthos
Porthos  4 Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 5:52 PM

Great light and colour.....Derek

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 5:56 PM

great comp dave wonderful carpet of blue a belter nice one Wink
andy

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
23 May 2011 - 6:36 PM

wonderful image
Tammy

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 6:46 PM

Beautiful image i know this area very well, sad to hear they was a load of idiots there destroying the bluebells that are for everyones enjoyment.

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9472 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 7:01 PM

That's a cracker David. That evening light and the blue of the flowers are a magical combination.

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h4rsx
h4rsx  4 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 7:15 PM

This is lovely and the colours beautiful!

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DaisyD50
DaisyD50  7
23 May 2011 - 7:42 PM

Great viewpoint and colours.

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soulofharmony
23 May 2011 - 9:37 PM

what a gorgeous showing of blue bells ... so beautiful , love the light...


Nikki !

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2011 - 11:10 PM

A beautifuk image Dave. Love that little bit of light on the top of Roseberry.

Andy

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DaveMead
DaveMead  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 12:12 AM

Are you allowed to say 'beautifuk' on here? Thanks a lot folks, well chuffed. Smile
Dave

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Imagephotographics

Beautiful image Dave, wonderful colours & light captured

Chris

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IanBurton
IanBurton  463 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 8:31 AM

Nice capture. Don't know whether it's the monitor, but there seems to be a magenta hue to the image. I live 10 mins from here so went out after the heavy downpours from a couple of weeks ago as I knew not many togs would be there, got a similar image and some on other side of fence. Definately the best they've been for many years, shame about the other togs trampling all over.

Ian

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 9:59 AM

Interesting observation Dave but a wonderful image of this iconic location ..... metal note to myself to avoid it at bluebell time unless like you and look for a new viewpoint Smile

gill

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 3:41 PM

lovely lighting and colors Dave
regards
Yung

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phil99
phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 4:37 PM

Lovely light and colour /tones captured here Dave . When I went there were at first 2 other togs with large format cameras . Then about another 6 or 8 arrived from a near by camera club . The bluebells had been well trampled in some areas . Totally unbelievable that people are so careless ....Phil

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mrfields
mrfields  6 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 - 6:24 PM

good shot of the bluebells Dave, like ur title and explanation that followed , lol! togs they r a nuicance! I can imagine the amount that was there as the site has had alot of roseberrys bluebells over the last wk.
Regards Lee

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DaveMead
DaveMead  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 6:40 PM

Cheers everybody, funny enough Lee, there wasn't anybody else from ePz (at least as far as I know) except the Hutch.
Dave

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oll1e
oll1e e2 Member 755 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2011 - 11:47 PM

I think you summed it up Dave ,those guys were trying when i last visited and i turned away .Found new fresh angles, which is what i try to do rather than follow the leader ...anyway i like your slant on Roseberry and your write up .Wink

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 9:35 AM

So beautifully lit, and such a great pov leading the eye throught the blue bells and on to the distance, and the pretty sky to top it.

enjoyed the story - told from the heart too

Linda

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JimL
JimL e2 Member 778 forum postsJimL vcard United Kingdom
31 May 2011 - 7:09 PM

for all the hustle n bustle, Lovely image

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