Meadow with wildflowers beside North Chine Drove, southeast of Wedmore, on the Somerset Levels; 27 Jul 2011.

The uncut grass with its abundance of tall yellow wildflowers first caught my eye and, and I was looking at how it might best be photographed when the sun broke through the clouds, producing this beautiful (and very lucky) shaft of light across the scene.

The photo is in three layers.  In the foreground there are more of the yellow flowers, but in the shade and unfocused.  Above this, the shaft of sunlight cuts across the shot, illuminating both the tall grasses and another grove of the wildflowers.  Finally, the third and upper layer contains the trees and bushes behind the field which (luckily again) are partly caught by the sun’s rays, so that this background is not wholly dark.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; converted to monochrome, and slightly tinted very pale yellow, with Silver Efex Pro.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


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  2. Meanderer says:

    I remember this one from before. It’s still as lovely.


  3. This looks like a painting. (That’s not a slight. More of a compliment)


  4. bluebrightly says:

    The monochrome with tint was a really nice choice. The field levitates!


  5. Love the light and the silence!


  6. paula graham says:

    Nothing more beautiful than a wildflower meadow on a summer’s day, brimming with butterflies and bees. Sadly fewer and fewer ‘unimproved’ grasslands in the UK. Fewer and fewer folk bother to stop and stare in wonder.


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