Far From Mellow

If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!”

The Wizard Of Oz

Just an easy walk up from my small South Yorkshire town are acres of Oilseed Rape – just three weeks ago there was nothing but bare soil and a few straggly shoots but re-tracing my footsteps for a shot of the sunset one evening last week, I was overawed by the sight of them

iPhone at the ready I came again one blue sky afternoon – the farmer has left lots of tractor tracks to enable a walk through from field to field. Skylarks sang me through, the scent from the flowers was almost hypnotic and every now and then a pair of Partridge whirred into the air; their alarm bringing me to my senses.

The iPhone 6 took quite gritty looking images of mass textured colour which meant making do with closer views. However, such a vibrant colour is rather too brash in the midday sun so I made a note to re-visit with my Lumix G6 when the sun was less harsh one early evening.

yes, the light was more mellow, the sky was bland and the breeze made it difficult to take the close-up shots I was after with my 35mm lens. But here are some tips I found for next time on how to photograph vivid colours from SLR Photography Guide

Focus on something green, then underexpose by 2/3rds before taking the shot…
You won’t photograph vivid colours unless you first have the exposure right. 
 or tweak a couple of manual settings on your digital SLR camera called ‘Saturation‘.

yes nothing is ever as perfect as we want it to be but sometimes it almost is.

Out in the yellow meadows, where the bee
Hums by us with the honey of the Spring,
And showers of sweet notes from the larks on wing
~ Modern Love XI ~ George Meredith
Mixing Friday Flowers with Introspectives:  thinking out loud with an aim to improve and learn more about photography. Hence the images are not always for show – feedback is welcome