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Hooray for bluebells | Sharing my secrets on how to shoot them

Sometimes images speak louder than words. Quite often actually. So this blog is all about the bluebells. One of my favourite British wild flowers and best seen en-mass under the trees.

We called our home Bluebell Cottage when we first moved in, as the garden was covered in wild bluebells. Our fence is bluebell blue and our pots are all shades of blue. Bit of a theme.

They’re best seen in the wild of course. We visited Plas Cadnant Hidden Garden last week and the bluebells were perfectly magnificent. So it’s all about timing. If you want to see them at their best you need to get your skates on.

A few bluebell tips I’ve picked up

Bluebells are a joy to photograph if you don’t mind getting down low in the undergrowth. Here’s a few helpful tips to get some great images.

  • It’s much easier to photograph most things on a shady day so avoid those bright sunny moments and choose a overcast day to reduce the contrast problems.
  • You’ll get better light in the middle of the day with more blue wavelengths which suits bluebells very well.
  • Did you know the best photographers are morning people? Misty mornings will add atmosphere to your images and getting out early morning or early evening will give you beautiful light and nice long shadows.
  • Try hiding the sun behind a tree trunk to give you some interesting shadows and beautiful lovely flowers.
  • A winding pathway will give you an interesting focal point and line of interest for your image. 
  • Try and capture water droplets on the flowers after it’s rained.
  • Get low and shoot at flower head level. If you have an iPhone switch to portrait mode for a soft background

Most importantly of all – don’t damage the plants in your efforts to get the perfect shot. If the plants are trampled, you’ll damage them and stop them flowering the following year.

Here’s a little taster of the joy that awaits you.

If you’ve enjoyed this little joyful moment, then check out my blogs from National Trust Bodnant Garden and NT Plas Newydd,

That’s all for now.

Judith x

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