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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 4 May 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The bluebells are out at last in the woods at home....this is a photo from yesterday

NIKON D40 1/80 second F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Wow, a sea of bluebells. Fabulous.

4 May 2008 7:21am

@Margie: Thanks Margie!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A sea of flowers! Well done!

4 May 2008 7:46am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana....the woods are so full of them at the moment that it's breathtaking!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan lovely the forest must be! And how lucky you are to be near it!

4 May 2008 8:38am

@Japanalia: Thanks....I think it's one of the most beatiful times of the year to be in England when the bluebells are in full bloom like this.

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic image. I have been looking for a woods with bluebells and have failed.

4 May 2008 9:18am

@Alun Lambert: The woods up here in Higher Poynton are full of them....i would say they are just about at their peak this weekend!

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Congrats on catching the true blue of these wonderful flowers. I recall debate long ago about wavelengths of reflected light and stuff that could place a red cast over their color. But I agree they are a breathtaking sight like this.

4 May 2008 9:43am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks very much...I'm pleased that you feel I got the colour right.

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Beautiful image, Ian ... truly a spectacular sight!

4 May 2008 11:09am

@Ron: Thanks very much Ron!

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

The perfect woodland covering, they are beautiful, great capture Ian.

4 May 2008 11:41am

@Observing:'s one of those sights that just has to be photographed!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A lovely image, Ian. I love the light and color.

4 May 2008 12:02pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks Michael....I only managed to get one or two photos with dappled sunlight on the bluebells and so it was more difficult than I was expecting to get a decent photo.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Marvelous. I like your B&W work, but your color work is to me extra special. Very gentle lens.

4 May 2008 12:02pm

@GJC: Thanks GJC!

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Lovely shot!

4 May 2008 4:43pm

@Sandrine: Thanks Sandrine!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Beautiful field of flowers.

4 May 2008 7:00pm

@tom: Thanks very much!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Country Charm at its very best, what an outstanding compo, it soothes too :)

5 May 2008 1:39pm

@Lorraine: Thanks very much Lorraine!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Eye-catching and beautiful.

5 May 2008 4:08pm

@Viewfinder: Thanks very much Glenn!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Well, well, well... Blue certainly does look good on you, Ian!

6 May 2008 12:35am

@Guillermina: Never mind the "well, well, well" :-)

I thought you already realised I'm deeply romantic at heart, LoL!

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

really nice I found a place like this in the Netherlands ans unfortunatly because of the weather when I was tthere the flower wasn't this year

6 May 2008 12:25pm

@Pouhou: Thanks very much Pouhou...they are at their peak here in the north of England this week!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

So very gorgeous! A sea of flowers.. Lovely!

7 May 2008 2:38am

@amy: Thanks Amy!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

I went for a shot run last night through our local woods - its the first time I've seen the bluebell carpets this year - far too much open fell running and not enough local!

You've captured it well here. Do you know the UV in bluebells used to be a nightmare for film photographers? It plays havoc with light meters and WB, so careful use of filters was a must... the way I remember it is that they come out far too dark blue without filtration. Ah, the joys of digital. The woods around Cartmel always have a good show, but I'm yet to get out there and capture anything worth seeing.

7 May 2008 9:55am

@jkjond: Hi John!

About the wavelength issue - Ronnie2c mentioned something along the same lines in a comment higher up but it's not something I'd heard about before you two mentioned it. The bluebells looked a bit washed out on the original file so I added some extra saturation and luminance in the blue and green channels until it looked more like the real deal.

I went back again the other night and got an interesting sunset version at the edge of the wood. -5ev exposure compensation! - should have spot metered it but I was in a hurry. The ground was almost left completely black on the lcd trying to preserve highlights in the bit of sky that was visible. I haven't tried processing it yet in CS3 but I had a quick go in Picasa and it looks promising.

I'll post it in a few days after the Annecy photos.

1/80 second
ISO 200
24 mm (35mm equiv.)