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Bluebell photography: when, where and how to take creative spring pictures
April 23, 2014Posted by on
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.