E.J.Wilkins

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sunny bracken and heather

I was driving home when I spotted this area of bracken and heather. With the sun shining on it it was glowing, so I had to stop to try to capture the amazing colours. Probably not a very good shot, but I think it looks pretty.
Taken on auto and very much 'as was'.

sunny bracken and heather

I was driving home when I spotted this area of bracken and heather. With the sun shining on it it was glowing, so I had to stop to try to capture the amazing colours. Probably not a very good shot, but I think it looks pretty.
Taken on auto and very much 'as was'.

comments (20)

i love the colours.very nice ellie smile
EJWilkins: Thank you Genevieve smile
I really like the horizontal frame of warm colors. Nice!
EJWilkins: Thank you, I'm glad you like the colours.
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 00:07
What fantastic colours Ellie. Its good to hear that you have the bug with regards stopping your car to enjoy capturing a special moment in time, like this one. I like how the colours move from the lightest to the darker greens of the trees at the back. Very Autumnal too. Very nice. Is this Scotland?
EJWilkins: Thanks Rabby, I was glad I had the camera with me, otherwise I'd have had to make another journey. wink No, it isn't Scotland, it's 'deepest' New Forest ... right by a main road!
Hi Ellie, I can tell why you took the photo, great colours.

As you have asked for advice I would like to make a few suggestions. To get the best shot of this sort of scene you need the sun to be much lower in the sky. I don't know what time of the day you took this shot but I would suspect mid-dayish! The earlier or later in the day you shoot the better. The light is warmer and will make colours like this zing, there will be longer shadows and therefore better modeling, this shot looks rather flat. By the way there is nothing wrong with leaving your camera on auto. Don't let the technology get in the way of a good picture. Plenty of time to find out what all the wizzbangs do. Hope that helps.
EJWilkins: Thanks Alistair, for your lengthy and helpful comment.
I took these photos early afternoon (BST), which means the sun was still very high. It was a very bright day, no clouds worth mentioning, so the shadows are very short and offer little contrast. I agree, wholeheartedly, that it looks rather flat which was rather disappointing .. but I'll learn, I hope. Thanks, and yes it does help. smile
  • Tinuke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 00:37
Absolutely love love love the colours, its like they blend into themselves. I would give it a perfect grade, then again, im the grader lol. smile
EJWilkins: lol .. thanks Tinuke smile
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 00:45
Very pretty Ellie. I think a lighter sky might have really brightened up the picture though smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Elsie, I'll eventually find out how to 'tweak' a picture to alter the colours and give this shot the sky it so badly needs.
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 11 Oct 2006, 02:35
Wow, now I KNOW for sure that summer's gone and autumn's here tongue Love the colours. Good thing you stopped and took pictures of the lovely sight.
EJWilkins: Thanks Mia, glad you like it. smile
I'm hoping 'true' autumn, and then winter, will hold back a little longer, because although I love the colours I don't really enjoy the colder weather.
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 11 Oct 2006, 03:17
Wow Ellie.. Very nice.. I would have stopped to get this shot too. I completely love sitting here staring at the colours, tones and textures.

This reminds me of something I would see in magazines of Scotland or maybe even of the highlands. My vision of Culloden and Inverness is like this..

But maybe this is near your home of Hampshire? I don't know where this is.. but i've a sparkly and correctly folded map of the UK and I'll find it..
EJWilkins: Thanks Sorcha, I'm so pleased you like the shot.
This was taken in the New Forest, in the south of England, this part is not too far from the coast. I hope you can find it on your map, if not I'm sure you can search online. Let me know if you have any luck. smile
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2006, 07:42
fantastic colours
EJWilkins: Thanks Paul
great colors (yep not very original but they are nice! ) smile
EJWilkins: *grin* Thanks Frederic
Beautiful colors!
EJWilkins: Thanks Asmunder. smile
This shot really captures an instance on the art in nature (can you find it? wink ). I really like the way the greens transition from light to dark. What I find really persuasive and encouraging is the fact the you were driving home and stopped to capture the beauty, I would have been thinking of the queue building up at the chippie.
This shot really captures an instance on the art in nature (can you find it? wink ). I really like the way the greens transition from light to dark. What I find really persuasive and encouraging is the fact the you were driving home and stopped to capture the beauty; I would have been thinking of the queue building up at the chippie grin.
EJWilkins: Thanks wink I think nature is art in itself ... now, about your 'healthy diet' ....
  • Tom
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2006, 10:13
Nice colors...I see fiddlehead ferns there too...I have them in my back yard here at home. smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Tom ... I'm always bemused by these plants, some turn a glorious colour in the autumn while others just turn brown!
  • Johnny
  • South Africa
  • 11 Oct 2006, 10:45
very nice and clourful
EJWilkins: Thanks Johnny, I'm pleased you like it.
  • Regis
  • France
  • 11 Oct 2006, 14:12
Really nice colors, look so autumn like !
EJWilkins: Thanks Regis, this was taken a couple of weeks ago, nothing else much has turned autumnal so hopefully it will be a long time before it gets too cold.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 18:11
Spells out autumnal colours nicely Ell. Mal
EJWilkins: Thanks Mal smile
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 19:46
Scream autumn, well spotted Ellie smile
EJWilkins: I screamed ... did you hear? Thanks Chris smile there's not a lot of anything else autumnal round here just yet.
nice compostition. I would enhance the blue skys just a little.
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun smile I agree that it needs enhancing ... the problem is that I don't know how.
Ellie, enhancing the blue sky is very easy. I usually use the gradient tool in photoshop, do you use photoshop?If yes, I will try sending you a doc or link within the next couple of days.
EJWilkins: I don't use PS at the moment but I'm trying to teach myself how to use it, any tips would be gratefully received. smile

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