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Daily Archives: April 23, 2014

Bluebell photography: when, where and how to take creative spring pictures

Bluebells, that beautiful blue haze, that wonderful slightly purple shimmer, what colour is it? Well for years I took pictures of bluebells, changing film types, using filters and since digital trying different white balance settings, over exposing, under exposing, trying everything to replicate that hard to describe colour. Well here is a tutorial on how to get it right, found on Digital Camera Magazine

The time for bluebell photography is just around the corner. In this tutorial we explain when to take pictures of bluebells, where to find them and how to set up your camera for the best results

You have to be watchful at this time of year, because it’s almost time to go down to the woods – not for the teddy bears’ picnic, of course, but for something much more inspiring than that… it’s time for bluebells!

Their wonderful carpets of blue and green are one of the signs of spring, and make for fantastic photos.

Depending on seasonal temperatures and how far south you are, there’s a short window from about mid-April to the end of May during which you can see bluebells. With this year’s mild winter in the UK they may be early, so don’t miss them!

One of the joys of spring in Britain is walking through a woodland to enjoy the birdsong, smell the scented air, see the wildlife and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

An established beech wood is best for photographs, as you get tall, straight trees with little undergrowth and not many offshoots or branches protruding from trunks.

You ideally want an open aspect to the east or west side of the woods where you can shoot towards a low sun that’s not too strong.  



Renaissance Photography Prize 2014

We do try to keep you updated about competitions but also try to avoid the vacuous money making scams that seem to proliferate the world of the web. This is a competition with a very good cause nailed on, supporting younger women with breast cancer is a cause close to us here at OSP Towers at the moment so we are very happy to give this our support. There are only a few days left so make the effort, take pictures and submit, even if you don’t win you are doing some good.

Entry Date Extended to Midnight 3rd May

The Renaissance Photography Prize is an international photography award celebrating emerging and established talent and raising money to support younger women with breast cancer. Enter now to get your work seen by some of the most highly regarded photography critics, and the chance to win £6,000 worth of prizes in total and international exposure. The 60 finalist and shortlisted photographs will be exhibited at Getty Images Gallery in London, UK.

Photographers can enter single images and/or series of work and the competition is open to everyone worldwide. And the good news is it’s all for a good cause. All profit from your entry fee is donated to Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care (registered charity number 1017658), a charity which is dedicated to supporting younger women with breast cancer.




The Renaissance Photography Prize is an international photography competition (the Competition) which raises money for the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care (registered charity in England and Wales 1017658 and Scotland SC038104 (the Charity)). It is organised by the Renaissance Photography Prize Ltd, a not-for-profit company run almost entirely by volunteers (Renaissance) and all pre-tax profits from the Competition are donated to the Charity.

By entering the Competition you are deemed to accept the competition rules (the Rules).


The Competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers worldwide. If you are under 16 you must have a parent or legal guardian’s permission to enter.


The Competition will open for entries at 10.00 GMT on 28 January 2014 and will close at 23.59 GMT on 28 April 2014. Entries received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Entries received and paid for before the 28 February 2014 23.59 GMT will receive an early bird discount (30%) on entry fees. The discount will be applied automatically at the time of payment. No discount will apply for Entries received after this time.

No responsibility is accepted for network connectivity, computer hardware or software failures of any kind which may restrict or delay the sending of your entry.


The Competition consists of two sections: the single-image competition (the Single-image Competition) and the series competition (the Series Competition).

You can enter as many single images, series or combination of single images and series (the Entries) as you wish to the Competition.

The costs of entering (the Entrance Fee) are:

  • £15 for 1 image
  • £25 for up to 3 images
  • £40 for up to 6 image
  • The entry fee for more than 6 single images will be calculated using the above scale.Perou_1020x340px_Carousel
  • For more information go here