During one of our outings many moons ago… we stopped in a country lane on our way home from Dover to admire the beautiful rapeseed fields. I’ve mentioned in the past that as you drive over the Medway Bridge there are rapeseed fields in abundance but unfortunately you can’t stop to take a photo or two.
Today I wanted to share with you the beauty of the rapeseed flower, and the importance of this vibrant yellow crop in British farming.
Rapeseed, or Brassica napus, is an oilseed crop grown extensively in the UK. It is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes cabbages, kale and mustard.
The bloom of the rapeseed flower is just gorgeous. As you drive through the countryside, you can’t help but admire the bright yellow fields, and the bees and other insects that the rapeseed flower attracts.
For the above image I wanted to process the image as more like a painting than a photograph, so to achieve this effect I used Impressionistic Filter in Topaz Studio 2.
As we walked along the road, we came to this beautiful patch of scenery.
To our delight, we found a vibrant field of rapeseed! It was such a stunning sight to see, with the brilliant shades of yellow of the rapeseed blossoms. Nestled in the sun-warmed meadow, the bright hues of the flowers lit up the day around us.
We marveled in the beauty of nature that day and I couldn’t help but take a picture of the flowers before us. I’m so grateful that I can look back at this memory and remember the magical day.
My Tip of the Day – HSL Panel in Lightroom
To achieve the vibrant yellow colours in the above image I used the Target Adjustment Tool in the HSL Panel.
It looks rather daunting in that panel, and for first time users, feel that they are going to mess up the whole photo. But don’t fret. You won’t. If you use the targeted adjustment tool (highlighted in red), by clicking on it you can easily change the specific areas of your images. By using the target adjustment tool, you can see that I mainly worked into the saturation of the image, I increased the saturation in with the yellow and orange and decreased the saturation in the green and aqua colours.
You can use each slide separately; I normally do this when I want foliage to have a more vibrant green. I will increase the hue of the green and maybe the saturation.
If, by chance you are not happy with what you’ve worked on in the HSL Panel no fears, just double click on the ‘Hue’, ‘Saturation’ and ‘Luminance’ words and that will reset the sliders back to 0.
The HSL Panel is brilliant to work with and can really enhance an image.
For a bonus tip… if you want to compare before and after HSL has been applied, simply toggle off the panel. This is achieved by clicking on the on/off switch circled in blue.
This post is also posted as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day Photography Challenge.
Happy Thursday Everyone xx
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