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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-25
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon 50mm macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-30 8:48
Viewed: 3829
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A carpet of bluebells in a beech wood, invaded by a lone fern.
Bluebells are a very English plant, it's commonly said that over 50% of the world's bluebells are to be found in England, and virtually all of them within Europe.
They flower for a very short period in Spring, usually late April/early May, and are normally found in shady wooded spots like this one in the Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire.
This particular area of bluebells is probably 20,000 square metres or so, in other words, stand in the middle of the wood, and for as far as you can see in every direction, there are bluebells!

I hope you like it, but honest and constructive critiques are very welcome.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-30 11:36]

Hi Andy !

A superb landscape.
An exceptional player and color contrast is exceptional.
Have a good night,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-30 12:15]

Hi Andy. Nice to see a picture from you. This is a beautiful woodland view with the Bluebells. You have used the light so well which has given good bright colours. My eyes are taken right into the woods. well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-30 12:30]

Hi Andy,
What a lovely capture.I liked large DOF,colors,exposure and visual impact a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hi Andy
Very good picture and beautiful colors...Nice composition....I seen here in London but I am not sure if its same one....They smell nice if it is sameone....Your notes good to...TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-30 17:03]

Hi Andy,this is a very unusual and fantastic spectacle! You was lucky to could be see live that,and a great photographer too,no better way to show us this spectacle! My best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-01 7:13]
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Hi Andy and very nice to see you here again!

Great to see you're still doing some nice photography and especially great to see something as beautiful as this.
I've been to England last spring and, among other things, i was hoping to find something like this but wasn't lucky enough. Glad to see a great success from you though so that i'll have a motivation for my next visit there :)

I like this shot from several reasons:
1. the composition is very nice - with the bluebells occupying about 2/3 of the frame and the trees with their fresh green branches only 1/3. It's hard to resist the temptation to take a lower POV and make it 50-50 in order to maximize the effect of the blue in these cases.
2. the "shade - light - shade effect" here breaks the depth and i think adds something special and interesting to the scene.
3. the little fern in the foreground is a nice touch, too - a lovely bonus in color and texture in the blue mass.

However, there's the discussion about the depth of field. It's really hard to say for me if a bigger f-stop would have been better or not, without seeing such a shot. But i have to admit that i'm wondering how it would look like. The fact that from the 3rd tree on the blur kicks in has a nice effect on the colors - making them blend into one another in a very artistic way...almost painting-like. But again, i'm not sure that a full sharp perspective wouldn't have had a great impact, too...
The fact that this picture makes me wonder so much is in fact a success. It keeps the viewer close and makes him/her analyze it for a longer period of time, thus creating a nice visual impression and achieving its goal.

My compliments for such a superb work! Bravo!

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