After a break of around 5 years I decided it was high time I revisited West Woods near Marlborough in Wiltshire. Each year in Spring the woods come alive with a mass of bluebells, its an amazing sight.
Now April 2012, despite the constant drought comments in the news, was the wettest I can remember - Tewksbury flooded quite badly. Travelling on that Friday afternoon the rain was belting down and I am sure we had hail too for good measure!
When I eventually arrived it was raining and thoroughly miserable. This is not the end of the world for photographing woods as the overcast lighting conditions mimic a huge soft box affect, providing even lighting enabling you to capture fantastic details. The rain can provide saturation and a sheen to colours. Polarising filters can reduce the glare from wet leaves if required.
As I ventured from the car I realised that where in past years there were waves of bluebells there were just a few and they were being mobbed by low lying undergrowth.....great. However after a few minutes walking I noticed a huge swathe of them over the tracks so I headed over.
The photography session lasted around 5hrs if I remember rightly and was a constant battle with April showers and Midges. The insect bites were that bad I put my jacket hood up! Occasionally the sun burst through both the clouds and the beech trees to light up the woods. This was one such moment.......
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikkor 16-35 f4 VR @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/6th sec @ f16, ISO 200
Filters: B&W Circular Polariser
West Woods, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire, England