Following on from my photo here I've been doing a little more experimentation with darkness and mood in my photos.
This photo is deliberately left dark but if you are viewing it in a room with direct sunlight you'll probably think it's too dark....try it again in the evening when the photo isn't competing with so much bright light and let me know what you think.
One of the most difficult decisions with this type of photo is deciding just how dark to leave it but hopefully you'll see something in this one that reminds you of walks in the woods at that point where day turns to night.
I live on the edge of the English Peak District National Park and the village is surrounded by woodland so it seemed like a natural place to start.
This photo was taken just before sunset within a short walk of our house...the trees are so dense that I had to go to the western edge of the wood before I could get the setting sun in the shot.
As you'll see from the photo, the bluebells are in full bloom at the moment - in fact the still night air was heavy with their fragrant scent. I'm in the mood for a little poetry after all that so here's an extract from a poem by Rupert Brooke about the experience of being in a wood in the evening:
"Safe in the magic of my woods
I lay, and watched the dying light.
Faint in the pale high solitudes,
And washed with rain and veiled by night,
Silver and blue and green were showing.
And the dark woods grew darker still;
And birds were hushed; and peace was growing;
And quietness crept up the hill"
Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog
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28 mm (35mm equiv.)