Kent Countryside – A pain to photograph at times
Don’t you just hate it? When you see fields of bright yellow rape seed blowing in the wind and looking so vibrant and you can’t take the shot. You know what I mean, there you are driving along and you see these beautiful fields full of yellow and there is nowhere to stop so that you can take the photo.
And when you do find somewhere to stop, you have at least a twenty minute hike to get back to where you saw the ideal shot.
Living in England our country roads barely, at times, allow one car to drive down the road in safety, yet alone allow a parked car blocking the way. Yes we have patches of dirt where cars drive to the side to allow others to pass… but generally these have hedges which stop your view. So it is no good pulling in there… and to be honest it is not wide enough to use as a place to park… as when passing you only have a paper width of space between you and the oncoming vehicle.
Even if you hit the A roads you find that they are classed as clearways and you can’t pull up. And lay-bys are now few and far between.
Well yesterday, we found our ideal spot… and God knows where it was… but we found it. You see we went to Dover Castle yesterday and decided to stop off for lunch. So instead of sticking to the A2, we went on a magical mystery tour.
Well actually, the other half found a sign which said Ashley, so off he went in search of his namesake. Yes we went through Ashley after going down miles and miles of country road (cue Olivia Newton-John singing Country Roads), passing through Ripple, Suddle and Little Mongham. Anyway we must have gone through Ashley without noticing it because as we headed along one country road, one sign said Ashley back that way. :D
Then we found the perfect location, we found a piece of land that allowed us to park the car off of the road, and then off we went to capture some field shots of the rape seed oil being grown.
When finished we drove just around the corner and over this little bridge to head for somewhere to eat… and then we came across a windmill. That was it it.. luck was once again on our side and we found a place to pull up and take some pictures of the windmill.
That was overlooking a rape see field (above picture).
Although I like the clear blue sky, to me it seemed as if it needed some clouds… I could have put them in by using a Photoshop brush, but I thought I would find a cloud picture, lower the opacity and fill and use this cloud photo as texture. I then removed the clouds from the parts of the picture I didn’t want by using a layer mask.
Which then gave me the final result ….