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Here comes the sun

After walking in the woods on Saturday morning looking for bluebells, I spent the rest of the day and then the whole Sunday in oilseed fields. It proved to be very useful that I checked these locations in advance last week. I wasted no time.

During the week, I was anxious to find out the weather on the weekend as I have already taken pictures in the rain. What I really wanted was sunshine. Movement of the clouds as shown by BBC’s forecast indicated that the chances are high for sunny days.

However, Saturday was mostly cloudy and I was unable to picture a blue sky together with the yellow fields of oilseed rape. I had to count on the Sunday weather. The BBC said that more clouds will move from the south in the afternoon.

I was quite tired from a long day’s walk but woke-up at 7am. The sun was shining. I made my move quick and was out of the house by 8.30am. The roads were still empty.

Throughout the day, I was looking up at the sky. It was a bright day but the colours of the rapeseed oil are completely difference when they are basking in the sun. Once you saw the flowers in gold, you will never be satisfied with any shadows on them. Over and over again, I patiently waited for the winds to push the clouds away.

My lunch was 8 sticks of short celery, 3 pieces of petit tomatoes and a banana that I brought from home. That was enough. You don’t get hungry when you are concentrating. I ate them as I walked. Altogether I counted 13,000 steps on my pedometer. It was a busy day.

All you need in your picture with a scenery like this are a few different colours. Keep it simple. The scenes reminded me of Shinzo Maeda (1922–1998), a Japanese photographer known for his landscape photographs in Hokkaido. What will it take for me to be in his league? Definitely more practice to begin with!

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