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I grabbed my Canon TS-E 17mm lens and wanted to make the most of the laven­der, and the sun in the sky that was light­ing flow­ers and bring out their colour. As the sun was be­hind the clouds, the light was dif­fused and not so harsh. When the TS-E lens has been shifted, I find me­ter­ing is tricky, and this is when Man­ual mode is a must. With my aper­ture and ISO set, I meter and dial in any ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion by chang­ing the shut­ter speed. Once my ex­po­sure is set,

I then shift the lens for the best com­po­si­tion.


Gareth is an ex­pe­ri­enced am­a­teur with a full arse­nal of Canon gear, and only re­ally needed mi­nor tweaks to his tech­niques to cap­ture the laven­der fields at their best. Gareth’s used a Canon tilt-shift lens here to great ef­fect, which has en­abled him to use the shift fea­ture to keep the hori­zon to­tally level while in­clud­ing a lot more of the laven­der rows in the bot­tom two thirds of his frame. By us­ing a nar­row aper­ture of f/22 he’s en­sured every­thing from the flow­ers at his feet to the trees on the hori­zon are sharp.

Lens 1/320 sec, f/22, ISO100 ex­po­sure Canon ts-e 17mm f/4l THANK YOU We pho­tographed the amaz­ing laven­der fields at Som­er­set Laven­der, ten miles south of Bath. They’re open May through Septem­ber, Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, and open­ing hours are strictly 10am to 5pm, so please don’t show up be­fore or af­ter these hours as ac­cess is strictly for­bid­den. You’ll still cap­ture great pho­tos dur­ing the day by following the tips in this ar­ti­cle! www.som­er­set­laven­

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