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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Robert Bilsland

The Glorious Colours of Autumn

Robert Bilsland

Sunset Through the Bluebell Wood

West Malvern, Worcestershire, England, UK

May 15, 2012, 18:58 UTC (19:58 local time)

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© 2012 Robert Bilsland, All Rights Reserved.

Every year nature puts on a stunning show of bluebells only a matter of minutes drive from where I live. These extend from a meadow through into woodland. Almost every year I try to capture a new panoramic view in the meadow showing the sea of blue, it's a view good enough to have printed onto canvases and hung on my living room wall. However this year I decided to try something different.

Before I shot this I had visited the woodland to wander around to find a suitable location. When I found here I knew it had to be shot at sunset capturing the light shinning through the trees and casting shadows. At that moment there were so many colours from the greens and browns of the trees and leaves through to the blue disappearing into the distance.

This panorama shows the beauty than nature can produce right on peoples doorsteps and how easily it can be missed by not venturing off the well trodden path.
West Malvern - Wikipedia


Europe / UK-England

Lat: 52° 7' 27.14" N
Long: 3° 22' 0.17" W

Elevation: 340 ft

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panorama head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. 3 bracketed shots (-2 0 +2) taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down and another shot taken looking straight up. Raw files then processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 before being blended into single views, then stitched together using PTGui Pro 9.1.3 and converted using Pano2VR 3.1.4.

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