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Gorgeous bold color!!!! And a beautiful sky!
elleplate: The dark skies always catch my eye against the yellow fields. Thanks
I love the layers and the colours contrast here Sarah!
elleplate: Thanks richard, now I look again i think its a bit under-exposed...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Jun 2015, 06:51
Nicely captured Sarah, those hills remind me of the Quantocks
elleplate: Funny you say that Chris... this is taken from a field just outside my village, looking south towards the Quantocks!
A glorious sight Sarah
elleplate: Thanks Bill
Lovely shot, Sarah, you have reminded me I meant to go and take some rape field shots..Doh!
We have been growing a lot of mustard here and turning it back into the soil to try to control an agricultural pest, the wireworm. The fields look gorgeous.
Great colour, and you've placed the tree in a great place in the image.
stunning colours here Sarah.. I love yellow
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jun 2015, 12:58
The colours invite me to heat a sausage for a dab of mustard. I read in your 'about' the you invite comments for the sake of improvement.

With your aperture set at f8.0 one would have expected a pin sharp picture, where you can actually see individual flowers.

The speed of 1/160 is at the limit for handheld. So I think that you must have experienced a little shake, even if it was on a tripod. The shot also appears a little underexposed.

Various changes can be made to obtain the sharpness. First, on a cloudy day, I shoot at ISO400 (yours was ISO100) to increase the shutter speed, and reduce the impact of shake.

Second is your aperture at f8 - that I reserve for sunny days and shoot at f5.6 mostly on cloudy days.

I take many bird pictures and those little creatures are fast, that is why I pre-set the camera before I stalk the birds. Like I have indicated. The reason is that with the birds, you don't have time to change settings for each shot.

While birding I see other stuff like landscapes, to shoot. Even then I seldom change the settings, because I have already chose an appropriate setting for the light the will be prevalent, most of the time when I am busy.

The third item to consider is your colour space. The colour space is a setting in your camera's menu. sRGB is how cameras are set when they come from the factory. I have found the AdobeRGB provides a wider range across the colour spectrum. This helps when you shoot these very warm colours, like yellow, post office red, blue and for some reason, white as well.

With the spectrum not fully identified, the colours tends to 'run' and you can not really distinguish the edge of one yellow flower overlapping with another.
Charming image Sarah.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Jun 2015, 16:45
Don't dark skies and yellow fields go well together, Sarah - striking shot
The yellow really pops... but so does the tree.

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camera Canon EOS 700D
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/160s
aperture f/8.0
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 31.0mm
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