The richness of tulips

Our spring and warm weather has us all wishing for more of both.  These tulips in our backyard are in full (and beautiful) bloom, although last year they weren’t blooming until after the first of May.  It’s a treat to have green grass and color after our months of winter and white snow.  I have photographed the yellow and red tulips many times (and you may yet see some of those images here).  But today I set a new challenge for myself.  As most photographers know, mid-day is NOT the time to photograph bright flowers in the sunlight.  The colors become washed out and the photos are too bright.  My goal was to see if I could come up with a “good” image taken in the bright sun of mid-day.  What I did find was that I loved the contrast of the blue sky against the red tulips, and by getting down low under the tulips I was able to take advantage of the vibrant red and yet not have the color wash out.  I welcome any comments and thoughts you might have about my final outcome.

4 thoughts on “The richness of tulips

  1. Brad Kissell April 18, 2010 / 9:28 pm

    An nice, atypical flower shot! Way to go, Linda! Brad

  2. Joani April 18, 2010 / 9:30 pm

    YES……..!!!!!!!!!!! Do more……….
    We spent a day with John and Barb Gerlach yesterday. They are as enthusiastic as ever. Good stuff. Something about a back button. Thinking it has something to do with exposure or compensation. We need to clean out brains. It was on overload. The tape machine did not work. We tried.
    They use Cannon and Nikon. Not sure if it is brand preference.

    Good to hear.

  3. Doris Steeg April 18, 2010 / 9:31 pm

    Hi Linda,
    You are so inspiration and love what you do with your challenges. I hope to go to the DeGoede Farm at Mossy Rock this week to capture tulips and what ever else is flowering. Your image is very helpful. I have a dozen images hanging at Patriots Landing Retirement Community in Dupont. The activities director likes my photos so encouraged me to set up a real display. We miss you, take care and your midwest images are great

  4. Margaret Welshons April 19, 2010 / 10:04 am

    The colors are handsome! And I love the “reaching up” as the tulips do so well.

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