I got these shots today while taking a quick visit to the saltmarsh at Kirkton to check a new fence. This little area of woodland is adjacent to the footpath but not very visible due to a hedge. I tried various settings on the camera to try and get a good depth of field but I actually really liked this one which obviously has a very shallow depth of field (f/5.6) so only the bluebells in the middle distance are in focus, with those in the foreground and the trees in the background very soft. I also applied a little post-crop vignetting in Lightroom to darken down the edges a little and draw the focus more to the centre.
Below are a few other shots I got at the same time, one close-up of a Bluebell flower using my 20-35 mm lens with a 13 mm extension tube. This did not come out as sharp as I had wanted so I tried out Google's Analog Efex Pro to see what some of their vintage camera presets might achieve. This one works really well I think and covers a multitude of sins in terms of my photographic skills. The bracken triptych was the result of a series of attempts to get a nice close-up of an unfurled bracken frond. Unfortunately there was just a bit too much wind so I could not get them to stay still so needed to keep a reasonable shutter speed.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer (GIS) with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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