Woodland Bluebells Engagement Shoot with Gabriella & Mike
The Bluebells on this Engagement Shoot were absolutely magical. A substantial walk (at least with all my camera gear on my back) through Angmering Estate from the car park, to a little spot I have visited a couple of times whilst shooting landscape photography in Sussex. We were extremely careful not to damage any of the bluebells as they were in full bloom, and there are very small tracks and pathways that I asked Mike & Gabriella to walk on to get these shots.
I have recently bought a 2x extension tube, mainly for my landscape photography, but I figured it may come in useful here, so I bought it along on the shoot. A long focal length really helped compress the landscape and exaggerate the layers of bluebells amongst the trees in this woodland.
Bluebell Woodland at Angmering Estate
Switching lenses to my very trusted and well used 85mm, the bokeh of the woods behind worked wonderfully, creating a dreamy effect in the shots, that I thought was enhanced by a bit of split toning in some of the images. A few subtle tweaks to the posing helped things feel a little more natural and a bit more relaxed for the couple in front fo the camera.
Off camera flash on a bluebell engagement shoot
We were really lucky to get some fairly good light, as May has been very temperamental regarding the weather this year. But, I wanted to experiment with making the background colours a little darker and ensure some consistent light on the faces of the couple. High speed sync on the flash helped keep a shallow depth of field using f1.8.
We shot at another slightly less dense area of woodland on our walk back to the car park, with another collection of bluebells. A few wide angle shots concentrated a little more on the rich greens of the leaves.
There were a couple of other countryside and woodland shots we caught on the walk back, concentrating on some more walking shots where Gabriella & Mike didn’t have to tread so carefully on regular woodland paths.
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