Odemira, Portugal by Paulo Bizarro

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This photo was taken in a small farm near the road that goes to Odemira, in Alentejo, Portugal. In the Spring, often the fields are covered by these yellow flowers, which create very colorful sceneries. I had noticed it before, while walking around the area photographing the conspicuous red poppy fields. This time I wanted to find a simple composition, with a foreground full of yellow and the background allocated to another typical element of the region, the cork oak tree.

I parked the car close to a nearby farmhouse, and proceeded to walk around the area, trying to fond an interesting composition. I was not feeling very optimistic about the whole plan, because in the meantime some heavy clouds had covered the sky. I needed some clouds in the sky, but also a bit of sunshine to convey the feeling of Spring. I continued to explore the area and came upon an interesting tree surrounded by flowers. This is the composition that I was aiming for.

I set up my tripod, camera and lens, focused the scene, and waited for some luck to come my way. After a few minutes, I was feeling maybe this was not my lucky day, as there was no sign of the clouds to go away. Even so, I decided to wait a bit more, because I spotted a clearing in the sky moving in my direction. I double checked everything, and then the sky opened, and a bit of sunshine shone through, lighting the fields and tree. I had a good combination of basic colors – yellow and blue, and the tree framed against the sky. I was happy I had decided to wait, after all, one has to work and be patient to have some luck in the field.

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