I always think of yellow as a happy colour.

And certainly in the UK, that colour is among its most striking when we see it as we do now in vast fields of Rapeseed.

It is always a draw to the eye, and understandably many think of using it in pictures, either as a subject in it’s own right, or as a backdrop with other elements.

Nikon D200 > AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED > SB-800 Speedlight.
© John Clements.

With the latter, care and thought should be given to achieving colour harmony.

There is one other major issue which can catch people out. Unlike many other forms of photography in the landscape, waiting for the light to start to disappear at evening time, or to appear at the start of the day, can be the wrong thing.

Colour saturation can improve certainly say a blue kyline with a little under exposure. But, that lovely bright yellow can then turn into a horrible dirty mustard colour due to this, and changing colour temperature as the daylight changes and quickly.

So it is important to try and shoot it at its best and correctly exposed. And yes I know this as many decades ago when starting out, I made the same mistakes. Ultimately of course, It’s all down to taste and experience.

And while many may say, they do not have to worry as software afterwards can adjust things. That is always the case, but that takes time, fine with one image maybe, but not much fun with lots to adjust. The reality is that those changing light levels lose a ‘one size (correction) fits all’ solution.

One task for post capture could be though a slight increase in the saturation of the correctly exposed colour. Again a personal taste thing.

Other fundamental techniques of good photography also come into play.

Such as an appropriate aperture. Do you go for that beautiful depth-of-field blur, or sharpness into distance? Or somewhere between the two?

When I am shooting people I often use some flash as well. A little strange to comprehend maybe for those starting out, but it can be the most useful tool.

But as with capturing blossom, as mentioned in a previous post, don’t leave it too long as things can quickly pass their best. Particularly if the weather continues as it has been in the recent week or so.

John. (24/05/21).