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WIld Garlic - Greatwood Copse

WIld Garlic - Greatwood Copse
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Copyright: jamie russell (Island-Visions) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 65] (253)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-24
Camera: Nikon D 300, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-25 11:07
Viewed: 2110
Points: 16
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Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far on the Isle of Wight with temperatures reaching 32'c. I had returned from the beach with quite nasty sunburn, and now it was evening, i decided to head to the forest to capture some Wild Garlic scenes.
The forest wasn't much cooler, so i ended up trekking through the forest in just my shorts and shoes, which turned out to be a huge mistake!

I set up my camera gear and started to compose a shot, but there was a strange feeling on my shoulder......i looked around to see a huuuge mosquito having a feast on it! Quickly i brushed it off, and composed again, and guess what? It happened again, and again, and again!
By now i was itching all over from the mozzies, so i took a walk to another part of the forest where i found Bluebells and Wild Garlic in the same area.
I set up my camera again, only to feel a strange stinging then burning on my leg, so i looked down to find a bright green/yellow spider biting me!
My leg started to burn then go numb, and it was about then that i decided to head back to the car, half limping and itching and looking like a strange swollen red creature as i hobbled my way out of the forest!

I have been trying to work out if all the pain was worth it though, which is why i have uploaded the photo on to here :-)

I used a polarizer to try and reduce leaf reflections and increase the saturation.

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Hi Jamie,
Beautiful photgraph. I love the angle in which you showed the slope and also the light management.

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-05-25 11:11]

Wow, what a beautiful scenery! Great angle!! Super point of view!
I love the sunlight and the colours in this shot!!

Well done, Jamie!


Hi Jamie,
Maybe a good idea to use a tripod. It saves you time to compose and fight the mozzies. I had the same problem a few days ago and was glad that my camera was sitting snug on my tripod.
Besides the fight with the nasty insects, the result of the photo is wonderful. The many curves of the garlic fields and the brances has given this entire composition a wonderful view. I really like the soft diffused light through the fresh new leaves. The entire photo has a bit of a dreamy feel to it. The use of the CP did not only cut down on the reflection, it also saturated the colors beautifully. All in all certainly worth the pain you had to endure.

Hi Jamie,

It's always worth it after the event,at least that's what I usually say when I come back from a long day in the highlands after climbing a mountain and usualy falling in some river or waterfall on the way up or down. This is definately worth the hassle and pain,nice colours and good composition,don't like the sound of that green and yellow spider!.


Hello Jamie,

It sounds as if you have been enduring torture!!
What photographers will do for a good shot!!

Actually, the trials and tribulations were worth it!
This is a fine shot.
The evening colours are beautifully saturated and the twinkling sun is perfectly positioned in the frame.
I like how the richly coloured pathway marks a fine diagonal across the frame, flanked by the wild garlic on one side and the thin army of trees on the other.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
I will be looking for your flower shots now!

Hi Jamie...beautiful light, beautiful tones...great shot.


Bonjour Jamie
Très jolie composition avec ces belles courbes qui donnent beaucoup de douceur à l'image.Belle lumière diffuse dans les arbres et beau jeu d'ombres.Le FG fleuri et verdoyant donne du relief à l'image.Bien vu bien fait. Bravo Jamie!Catherine

As an artist you supposed to suffer for your art. (Rather you than me though). Excellent work Jamie.

Super work Jamie ..unless you have suffered you are not a photographer .. :)

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