Bluebell season came around early this year and I was determined to get to see them. I would be in luck this year as the Bluebells have lasted a long time; it has been particularly cold this year so it has extended the season. My first foray was to Piddles wood but I was a little disappointed as there has been a lot of forestry work going on and it was difficult to see the Bluebells at their best.
I decided that Bonsley Wood was the best option although I would have to walk some distance to the woods. I went early in the morning leaving home around 6am, of course I took Tilly my new companion, a rescue mixed breed dog on the walks, she gets me out and about! The first morning I went up it was clear and the sun was shining through the Beech trees. I took my tripod but unfortunately it kept slipping and many of the images were blurred when I got home.
The next time I decided not to take a tripod and use a high ISO to get the pictures. It was quite dark in the woods and the quality was not as good as with the tripod when it didn’t slip of course!
The next time Tilly and myself went up there it was after the first rain we had for the best part of April and I spotted the low cloud on the hill and so I hoped to get images of misty Bluebell woods with maybe some sun’s rays. There was mist but no luck with the sun but that’s the way it goes. I didn’t take my tripod again and used my 300mm lens the pictures were acceptable, but I’m not sure if they would print well with the high ISO.
My final visit was a chance visit as I knew the Bluebells were on their way out but I had just bought a new ultra wide angle lens for my camera and I wanted to try it out. I traded in my 10-20mm Sigma lens for crop sensor cameras for a 12-24mm Sigma lens for full frame cameras recently. I decided not to bother with a tripod and shoot at 5.6 with automatic ISO and just see what I got.
Using wide angle lens is quite challenging I found I had to think of how I was going to compose my image getting close up to the foreground so it didn’t get lost in the image. I was really pleased with how the lens performed and using the wide aperture enabled a good shutter speed so the pictures came out nice and clear even in the background.
Before we went home for a well earned breakfast we made a little detour to a glade I knew where the Bluebells carpet the area. I wasn’t disappointed, the flowers were starting to go over but were still a lovely blue. Well worth the walk and I could hear a Cuckoo in the woods and we spotted the occasional Roe deer in the woodland.