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Towards the Light

By ghibby  
Shot this weekend at Ashridge estate in Hertfordshire. This location has become a bit of an yearly pilgrimage for me.

This year has been truly spectacular with the cover of young green leaves and bluebells being in perfect harmony with each other. This coupled with lovely direct sunlight over the weekend has provided me with some great images.

Little has been done to this, handheld shot with a wide aperture to throw the foreground and background out of focus and create a nice glow in the image. I added a little bit of a vignette in RAW and a little local contrast adjustment to bring out some detail in the shadows of the tree trunks.

Exposure 1/160s @ F2.5

Tags: General Landscape and travel

Voters: MandsH, Big Bri, NEWMANP and 71 more

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MandsH 14 England
27 Apr 2009 1:03PM
This is gorgeous, beautiful lighting
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 1:08PM
beautiful, i love the way the light is spreading shadows before you
jayjay52 12 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 1:09PM
A beautiful image. Love the shadows on the bluebells cast by the trees. Brilliant!
27 Apr 2009 1:09PM
Superb light and colours
Regards Lee
roumeli 13 2 Jamaica
27 Apr 2009 1:14PM
Truly a great shot
scooper 12 2 England
27 Apr 2009 1:15PM
Lovely colours. I like the trees very upright and regimented on the carpet of blue bells. Plus the one fallen tree trunk lying at the opposite angle just showing through the carpet.
dathersmith 14 565 12 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 1:25PM
I've been trying to get a superb Bluebell shot for 2 years now and failed miserably, this is what I'm looking for Smile Excellent shot.

Rachel99 12 1 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 1:26PM
After everything I (and others) have been saying about not being able to capture the impact of what we can see with our eyes - you have done it. This is a stunning shot.
27 Apr 2009 1:33PM
the photo deserve to be hang on the wall
DOGSBODY 12 1.4k 30 England
27 Apr 2009 1:44PM
A wonderful sight. One of the best bluebell pics I have seen. Andy
apierzchala 15 17
27 Apr 2009 2:04PM
I was there yesterday morning - early morning! Which of the 12 or so photographers were you Smile Nice shot, though for my taste perhaps there is a bit too much shading on the canopy of trees? A small niggle.
It was good on Sunday, though I found the sunlight too bright thus making the bluebells rather more purple than blue. Apparently the light can be better (bluer) in the evening.
I was shooting film so won’t be posting my bluebell attempts just yet…! Adam
ghibby 15 101 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 2:11PM
Hi Adam, this was shot on Saturday evening. I have found that evening light is best in this location. The sun sets in a clearing and so produces these long shadows right up till it dips below the horizon. In the morning the sun only hits the woods when it is higher in the sky. As a result the morning shadows are not as long and the whole scene is less dramatic than evening. Better than that you dont have to get up early!
PattiW 15 24 2 United States
27 Apr 2009 2:14PM
Splendid image! Love the color and play with light filtering down through the trees!
27 Apr 2009 2:29PM
Beautiful bluebell scene with lovely lighting.
Ali Smile
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
27 Apr 2009 2:35PM
Great woodland scene superb light

27 Apr 2009 2:54PM
beautiful shot.Lovely back lighting.
motorsportpictures 12 289 23 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 3:50PM
Stunning colours and lighting.
shandoor 12 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 3:59PM
Absolutely beautiful wow
nuts 14 Netherlands
27 Apr 2009 4:31PM
superb regards aj
Rorymac Plus
12 78 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 4:42PM
great shot, you handled the light very well.
27 Apr 2009 4:58PM
I admire good landscape photography immensley, beautiful image
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 5:54PM
This was my fantasy shot when I was at home...but with no sun when I got there chance !!

Brilliant light,sparkling colours.

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
27 Apr 2009 5:59PM
Stunning and then some-- thanks for the tip regarding oof fg and bg-- works so well!
edwood 13 3 Scotland
27 Apr 2009 6:18PM
great image
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 9:18PM
Gorgeous light and colour, great shot.
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 12:36PM
simpley stunning

ChazB 16 64 3 United Kingdom
18 May 2009 4:32PM
Gorgeous light and shadows with wonderful colours.

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