Every year us photographers like to capture certain images during each season, and with the weather conditions changing each year during each season, it makes it more of a challenge to photograph certain places and things. One of those things we photographers like to photograph each Spring are bluebells. These normal start to flower in April, but in some places around the country they haven't started to fully bloom until now.
I was visiting East Sussex recently and was driving through the Ashdown Forest which is approx 30 miles south of London when I suddenly started to notice bluebells all around in the woods and at the side of the roads. I continued to drive around Ashdown Forest trying to find the best location to take some photos.
After a good few minutes driving around, I finally found some in the woods not far from Pooh Corner/Pooh Bridge. For those who don't know Pooh Corner is famous for being featured in the Winnie the Pooh stories. If you would like to know more about this location, visit their website by clicking here.
I found a safe place to park on the side of the road, got my tripod and my camera and went into the woods. Luckily I didn't have to walk too far into the woods as I could see the location from the road where I wanted to be. Even if I only came away with one photo I would be happy. I proceeded to start taking photos.
The first photo I took was of the trail leading you into the woods taking you through the carpet of bluebells.
I didn't have to look too far for my next shot. A simple pan to the right with a tight zoom on the bluebells
I was just getting ready to leave the woods when suddenly the sun broke through the trees making a perfect photo opportunity.
I liked the way the sun was illuminating some of the bluebells and the trees as well as the dark shadows in the foreground helping create the texture on the track. I used Photoshop to create the light rays to help give this image more of an impact on the viewer.
After taking these few photos, I got back in my car and continued driving through Ashdown Forest, when I came to a layby. Just a few yards from this layby was a tree. A tree with bluebells at its base. Most people would drive past, but not me. There was a photo to be taken with this tree.