A lover of the meadows

Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear, – both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognise
In nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my mortal being …

William Wordsworth, ‘Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey’ (1798)

25 thoughts on “A lover of the meadows

    • Hi Wendy. I am not sure I can remember my exact steps as I did this one in September last year but I do remember the main factors: 1. Shooting with a 100mm lens to compress the distance between flowers a little.
      2. Selecting a wide aperture and choosing a focal point (the poppy) in the middle ground so that there were some soft foreground flowers.
      3. Making two files in ACR, one as shot and one with the clarify slider moved to the left to make everything have a slightly dreamy glow.
      4. Combining the two files in Photoshop so that the poppy remained sharp but most of the other flowers had a softer feel.
      5. Applying a texture (I can’t remember which blending mode I used – I usually play around with a few to see which I like best for the image).
      6. Burning the edges gently to give a slight vignette.

      Hey pesto!

  1. Thanks for your detailed response. Sorry I haven’t replied but am in Northumberland at the moment on holiday. Just settled down with my laptop (as it’s raining) and catching up with your posts. Really love looking at your photos. I will certainly try something similar, thanks again!

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