Latin names for flowers are so romantic. Its a stark contrast, really, especially if the English name is Rapeseed. Ugh.
You must have seen scores of fields, near you, with its beautiful yellowy colour. If not, you have surely smelled them. I, for one cannot, stand the smell of rapeseed. But I have to say they offer a wonderful background for photos.
I took Belles the other night whilst I was at my Mums. What I didn't realise was how tall they were going to tower over Belles, so we had to stick to the side of the field as opposed to "right in the centre".
That yellow? Wow, so sunshiny.
I took this pic three years ago. The sun is lower in this pic which is best as eyes don't squint so much in lower sunlight. I kept the saturation bright and cheery.
But when I took this of Ellie, I wanted to give it a buttery cast to keep in with the shaded features on her face. I rather love it. She was concentrating on disturbing the pollen which got EVERYWHERE! And, indeed, up our conks - we sneezed for ages after this shot!
As we came away from the little photo opp, she chased the dog. Only in the picture her right hand is not in shot and I think that our little pooch, Eddy, was running after it with it in his mouth - LOL!
Its to be harvested soon so if you get the chance tomorrow, go and take your kids in a rapeseed field. Keep within the tracks (don't trample over the farmers prized crop) and be warned - the pollen gets everywhere although it doesn't stain.
If its sunny keep your ISO at its lowest (usually 100, if not 200).
Rapeseed on an overcast day is still surprisingly pretty.
If light overcast set your ISO to 200 and dark over cast to ISO 400.
Set your aperture on F6.3 (Best for portraits) and adjust your shutter speed accordingly (or just shoot in AV mode on F6.3).
WB will be sunny although automatic can be pretty much ok.
Never hand hold you camera with a shutter speed of 1/80 or less (unless you have a mega steady hand)
If you do take a shot, share me your image. I just love Brassica Napus at this time of year - you should indulge too!