Ancient English woodlands with Bluebells


GrumpyGrandPa

Link Posted 10/05/2022 - 17:15
Been out with Pentax K-S2 and 16-85mm Pentax lens experimenting with HDR mode. Mainly used the 16mm wide angle end of the lens.

The Bluebells in the ancient British woodland are on Beverley Westwood. Twas interesting trying to capture the scale of the bluebells and the ancient, mighty, tangled oaks.

Also tried a close up of the candles on a Horse Chestnut.









Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
K-S2 and suffering from a relapse and so now buying digital camera kit - started with a little Lumix TZ80 and now LBA has re-occured for my K-S2. Not sure where it will lead!
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 40 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more

davidwozhere

Link Posted 10/05/2022 - 23:42
You can't beat a bluebell wood. Thanks for sharing yours.
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 11/05/2022 - 19:53
wasn't sure about the HDR look on first look - but now I've come back to them (and looked at the larger sizes) it does work for me. The second shot is lovely, maybe I'd be tempted to try to reduce the highlights is the tree branches, but the vibrant leaves and deep bluebells pair up so well
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GrumpyGrandPa

Link Posted 11/05/2022 - 19:59
LennyBloke wrote:
wasn't sure about the HDR look on first look - but now I've come back to them (and looked at the larger sizes) it does work for me. The second shot is lovely, maybe I'd be tempted to try to reduce the highlights is the tree branches, but the vibrant leaves and deep bluebells pair up so well

I like the 2nd shot too!
This is a normal shot



This is the HDR shot



They HDR ones have an element of looking like a painted picture. Need to get out more and experiment.
You folks here advised me to buy that lens - so I need to make good use of it
Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
K-S2 and suffering from a relapse and so now buying digital camera kit - started with a little Lumix TZ80 and now LBA has re-occured for my K-S2. Not sure where it will lead!
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 40 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more

LennyBloke

Link Posted 11/05/2022 - 20:27
It's a great choice of lens - and Yes, the more you use it the more you'll get out of it

I think the lighting you have in the woodland has the extremes of shadow and highlight - almost everything you'll try in camera will be a compromise towards one end or the other - I've just tried a couple of tweaks on one of your images (hope you don't mind), I don't know if you use any editing software or not (it's not for everyone) but using a graduated filter allows you to drop the exposure for part of the subject and make a few local adjustments.

This is my result (not saying it's better, just showing how some editing can change the look)...



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GrumpyGrandPa

Link Posted 11/05/2022 - 20:32
Thanks LennyBloke.
Edit away as you wish. I can email you the original if you want!

I used to use PhotoFiltre but am weaning myself onto Affinity
Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
K-S2 and suffering from a relapse and so now buying digital camera kit - started with a little Lumix TZ80 and now LBA has re-occured for my K-S2. Not sure where it will lead!
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 40 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more

Lubbyman

Link Posted 12/05/2022 - 12:27
I'm another fan of that second shot in the initial set - a magnificent tree with just enough of the bluebells to support the composition without competing for attention.

Woodland shots like this might be one of those increasingly rare situations when a physical filter on the lens would do a better job than post-proccessing. Use a neutral density graduated filter to cut out some of the light from the top then expose for the average of top and bottom. Must try it myself one day!

Steve

redbusa99

Link Posted 12/05/2022 - 14:23
prefer 2nd shot to 1st one on original post and the one on 2nd post. think the first image is too"harsh". I use Photomatix for HDR processing as it seems to give the best results . could get a really decent "natural" look which with PS or NIK i found nigh on impossible to get . HDR is great for Church / Cathedral interiors i found when struggling poor light in the smaller ones. This post has made me want to do some again. Keep going.
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 17/05/2022 - 13:44
Yes, really like the images with the crazy tree branches
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