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Photography in Moray: May - a month of Bold Colours

By Alistair Whitfield

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Pat Douglass
Pat Douglass

May is a great month for photographers, the days are long and the colours are vivid.

Whatever your style of photography it’s the month when colours abound with a vibrancy not matched by other months.

Buds burst forth, spring flowers dazzle with all the shades of an artists palette and the trees hide their skeleton under a frame of thick green leaves.

There are photographs wherever you look: from large blocks of colour reminiscent of geometric paintings to garden flowers covered in bees and butterflies, or the more subtle images of birds hiding in shrubs of matching colours.

Bluebells are a popular subject at this time of year, best photographed in shade or an overcast sky to bring out the blue.

For me though the colours that I associate most with May are the greens and yellows, viewed against a vivid blue sky.

Patchwork fields of deep yellow shining bright against the surrounding countryside or yellow gorse blanketing the hillside providing a colourful cover for nesting birds and breeding animals.

The trees and shrubs all come into leaf producing vistas of vibrant green as long furled leaves burst forth and sway gently in the spring breeze.

These greens are like no other time of year, the fresh leaves a myriad of shades painting the hillside a pallet of green.

Late in summer the freshness of colour fades to a more uniform darker green but now May brings a feast of colour and it’s a great time to get out and photograph the new colours.

Whether in the towns or villages or out in the countryside, look for landscapes of colour or focus on small details and patterns within new leaves and petals, and if we are lucky the background of a deep blue sky adds to the strength of the spring colours.

Pat Douglass
Pat Douglass

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