Day 115 – Fields of Yellow

I love fields of yellow … when you drive along through our wonderful countryside, fields of yellow make me smile. It is like a whole field of sunshine.The plant in question is the rapeseed and farmers cultivate it for its oil, and it’s also used to manufacture biodiesel, but did you know it is part of the cabbage family…

Anyway today I had the chance to pop into the field and capture my own field of yellow. I took a variety of shots, changing my angle, my aperture and my shutter speed to capture my own sunshine photos!

Below – F13, I wanted to capture the details of the field – but in reality you struggle to know what to look at… to me this is like a photo I would have taken a few years ago and been happy with it.

ISO100, F13, 1/250 sec

ISO100, F13, 1/250 sec

This is a similar image but with a shallower depth of field, and more in the shade them the above shot, the shadows are less harsh amongst the plant and your eye is drawn more to the details in the foreground.

ISO100, F6.3 1/250 sec

ISO100, F6.3 1/250 sec

Standing out from the crowd … delighted with this one, by changing angles and looking across the field rather than down onto it I was able to draw out the detail in the flowers and yet see the sea of yellow with the complimentary blue sky.

ISO 200, F5.6, 1/2000 sec - focal length 120mm.

ISO 200, F5.6, 1/2000 sec – focal length 120mm.

I would never have thought to shoot upwards .. but today I did and the rapeseed looks stirking against the blue sky, composition was much harder though as I was trying to get the flowers pointing into the image and unwanted foilage caused shadows and blur where I did not want it and did not notice in the LCD screen.

ISO 200, F5, 1/4000 sec - focal length 63mm.

ISO 200, F5, 1/4000 sec – focal length 63mm.

ISO 200, F4.5, 1/3200 sec - focal length 24mm.

ISO 200, F4.5, 1/3200 sec – focal length 24mm.

I looked up, so I had to look down – amazing what a difference that made – a totally different feel to the photo! Could you have imagined that they created such different images?

ISO 250, F6.3, 1/250 sec - focal length 120mm.

ISO 250, F6.3, 1/250 sec – focal length 120mm.

I am still back button focusing – and I discovered something amazing today … I can focus on something, move the camera and create a completely abstract shot by taking the whole thing out of focus … I love it … a really impressionist feel that I want to look at to see what I can see.  A few years ago I would have thought it was out of focus, but now I am begining to get the concept that with my camera I can create an image, a feel, an impression!

ISO 200, F8, 1/1000 sec - focal length 95mm.

ISO 200, F8, 1/1000 sec – focal length 95mm.

I then tried selective focusing – I zoomed in onto the field and selected a plant to focus on – you can see it a third in and let the wide aperture blur the foreground and the background creating a layering effect. In the first photo I was kind of looking down onto the rapeseed and you can see lots of stalks….

ISO 100, F6.3, 1/800 sec - focal length 250mm.

ISO 100, F6.3, 1/800 sec – focal length 250mm.

Moving my feet … lowering my position and I got this shot – my favorite for today  – a field of yellow sunshine which draws you into the shot to see the band of flowers in focus and then to the blur beyond.

ISO 400, F8, 1/400 sec - focal length 250mm.

ISO 400, F8, 1/400 sec – focal length 250mm.

Who knew a field of rapeseed had so many photographic opportunities!