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Jim Ford
17th April 2008, 08:08 AM
Our resident Malaysians have been making us jealous with their images of exotic flowers, birds and insects.

In the coming weeks we'll have stunning displays of bluebells in our woods. Let's see some images so it's _our_ turn to make the Malaysians jealous!
;^)

Jim

Ian
17th April 2008, 12:34 PM
Our resident Malaysians have been making us jealous with their images of exotic flowers, birds and insects.

In the coming weeks we'll have stunning displays of bluebells in our woods. Let's see some images so it's _our_ turn to make the Malaysians jealous!
;^)

Jim

If I recall, bluebells are difficult to photograph accurately - at least that used to be the case with film. Basically, the colour would change...

Ian

RogerMac
17th April 2008, 03:55 PM
If I recall, bluebells are difficult to photograph accurately - at least that used to be the case with film. Basically, the colour would change...

Ian

If I recall correctly that was because bluebells reflect a lot of IR, but the 510 IR filter seems to have solved this problem

yorky
17th April 2008, 05:41 PM
Try this one.. Not sure how to post on this type of site though there is on in trhe "nature Section" in Gallery. 35mm Macro lens for this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsy/2420449943/

Jim Ford
17th April 2008, 05:54 PM
By the way, I forgot to add:

NO SPANISH BLUEBELLS! These aliens are not 'proper' bluebells.

(sorry to 'shout')
;^)

Jim

Ellie
18th April 2008, 02:27 PM
By the way, I forgot to add:

NO SPANISH BLUEBELLS! These aliens are not 'proper' bluebells.
Umm, what's the difference? We've got some in our garden, didn't plant them ourselves and I don't know which they are :o

yorky
18th April 2008, 03:02 PM
Spanish bluebells = Hyacynthoides hispaniola are mainly found in gardens. They are larger than the native species and seem coarser. The leaves are also much larger, once you have seen them near a native, Hyacynthoides non-stricta its very easy to see the difference. On the face of it, those in cultivation are more likely to the non native species.

Jim Ford
18th April 2008, 05:19 PM
Good description, Yorky.

The Spanish ones have a paler, shorter and more open bell - more like a hyacinth.

One of the problems with the Spanish bluebells are that they hybridise with our native species.

Jim

andym
19th April 2008, 01:18 PM
Hope these are the right type of Bluebells.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4190521.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4714)

Only a few just starting to come out,so no carpets yet.

shenstone
28th April 2008, 09:24 PM
Well Spring has Sprung around here

The Good Lady Enjoying the view ( dog ignoring it as usual!)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bluebells3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4962)

Something a little closer
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/bluebells11.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4959)

And closer still

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/bluebells2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4960)


Regards
Andy

j.baker
29th April 2008, 06:42 AM
I was given some advice on taking images of bluebells.


You will need a tripod and a but of time.

You basically need to take the images as the sun goes down. I was shown some examples of bluebells in direct sunlight and at dusk. The colour change is huge.

This tip was given to me by a nice lady at Bowood ( yep we went again :D )

snaarman
29th April 2008, 07:23 AM
Getting the bluebell shot nearer the end of the day seems like good advice.

I found these in Beckenham Park (S London) about 5.30 this weekend...

(Some interesting photo opportunities there - parakeets flying free in the trees, some wonderful overgrown hedges. Watch out for flying golf balls however)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bluebells4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/4995)

Pete H

ndl0071
29th April 2008, 06:11 PM
Sorry methinks these could be the 'forbidden' variety, however on the basis that I'm not sure I thought I might include them;). Photo taken at the weekend just gone.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Bluebells5.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5001)

Neil

Barr1e
29th April 2008, 07:07 PM
I know I could have done better - I was seconds from pressing the button in the sun, which suddenly disappeared, and the heavens opened.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BB.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5002)

Regards. Barr1e

JohnGG
29th April 2008, 09:37 PM
The ones in our garden are coming out now. We think they are the native type, the bells seem to be long and delicate.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4271816.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5007)

Cheers,

JohnGG

Ellie
30th April 2008, 10:10 PM
I went on a Bluebell hunt this afternoon, a bit silly really because the weather was against me - it was dull, windy and then it rained. :( They aren't very good pictures I'm afraid.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4303587a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5018)


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4303624a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5019)


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4303644_a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5021)


This one's more of an impression
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4303641a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5020)

Nick Temple-Fry
30th April 2008, 11:44 PM
:( They aren't very good pictures I'm afraid.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4303587a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5018)



Actually Ellie I quite like this one, the gate track give it a narrative/shape, and the scene is such a typically english spring.

Sorry, you depreciated your images - but my eyes said yes when I saw this, it's right.

andym
3rd May 2008, 09:55 PM
Just one more


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5031104.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5076)

Barr1e
3rd May 2008, 10:15 PM
Ellie -


Like Nick number one is my favourite one too.

Andy -

Very good - like the dof, pretty smooth.

Regards. Barr1e

Invicta
4th May 2008, 12:04 PM
Some bluebells, I think the focus could be better, need to try harder!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/bluebell2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5079)

photonutter
4th May 2008, 02:13 PM
Had to go around the back to get this here, (cant get on flickr at work :( ) so hope the quality isnt too bad.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/poster5090963.jpg

shirley
4th May 2008, 05:21 PM
Ashridge Forest near Dunstable

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/medium/Bluebells-2b.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/medium/Bluebells-1c.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/medium/Bluebells-3.jpg

yorky
4th May 2008, 07:25 PM
They could well be native, they don't look like the spanish version.

Ellie
4th May 2008, 11:29 PM
Wow Shirley, you got loads!

Barr1e
5th May 2008, 04:30 PM
A small carpet of ........
.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bluebell-eg.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5152)

Regards. Barr1e

andym
5th May 2008, 04:35 PM
Some very nice shots here.Just out of interest how many of you beefed up the saturation of the blues,I know I did.
Nothing wrong with this.As discussed bluebells are very hard to get the colour right.

shirley
5th May 2008, 04:48 PM
I didnt beef the saturation but when converting from RAW I did change the white balance setting which gave the very blue colour. I took the pictures late in the day, the setting sun also helped give the saturated look. I did think they looked too blue and actually pulled back the saturation slightly.

knikki
5th May 2008, 08:35 PM
Well managed to get out and photo some Blue Bells over the weekend

The path one is untuched other than resize the other two have had the levels messed with abit in PS. All taken on E3 + 12-60SWD

JohnGG
5th May 2008, 10:46 PM
A good show of bluebells this year at Emmett's Garden near Ide Hill. E-3, 14-54, overcast but bright.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5042128.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5159)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5042109.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5158)

Cheers,

JohnGG

Invicta
6th May 2008, 09:09 PM
Another attempt by me at bluebells

Focus is better this time.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/bluebells31.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5197)

j.baker
8th May 2008, 08:37 AM
The wife and I went to Clatford to view the Bluebells.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bluebells12.jpg

steverh
8th May 2008, 09:19 AM
That's really nice, John. *chr

I love the greens in woodland that you only get at this time of the year. A wonderful contrast with the bluebells.

j.baker
8th May 2008, 09:58 AM
Thanks Steve.

I have another 50 images of bluebells.....but I did not want to hog this forum ;)

steverh
8th May 2008, 10:31 AM
Thanks Steve.

I have another 50 images of bluebells.....but I did not want to hog this forum ;)

Yes - you can have too much of a good thing! :)