Thursday, April 18, 2013

Project 52 - Week 16/52

On Tuesday I mentioned that I spent this past weekend visiting the Woodburn, Oregon Tulip Festival. The flowers were beautiful, the weather cooperated and I am very happy with the photos I was able to capture. When I first arrived at the field I had no real intention on what I wanted to shoot, but I knew I wanted to use my macro lens as much as possible. As I started though, I realized that it was not as simple as pointing and shooting. I assumed that with so much beauty the shots would come easily to me. It became apparent that I had to be very careful in choosing my composition to convey more than just a vast field of flowers. The quote that follows the photos is not only a beautiful sentiment, but it also captures how I approached my shots. I either had to focus on the blend of tulips or on how they stood out from each other. I found it easier to focus on the details than the whole fields. There was no shortage of details to photograph and I am sure I could have taken many more photographs if I had more time. Not only was this shoot fun and beautiful, but it was also challenging for me and stretched my composition skills. In the end though, that makes these photos even more rewarding to me. 

I would love to know what skills you have been working on lately. How have you been stretched by what you have been shooting?

Settings: ISO 800, 100mm, ss1/500, f/4.5

Settings: ISO 800, 100mm, ss1/160, f/16

Settings: ISO 800, 100mm, ss1/80, f/16

Settings: ISO 800, 100mm, ss1/1250, f/5.6

"Every person is like a single tulip. While they may blend when together, each one is special in its own light." - Daniella Kessler

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25 comments:

  1. Oh I can't believe I haven't gotten out there yet! I should have gone yestday. gorgeous shots. Nicely done!

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  2. I am beyond jealous my friend!!! What a great experience this was and so much beauty.

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    1. I feel very lucky to have gotten to shoot such a beautiful place :). Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by!

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  3. These are gorgeous! I love tulips! :)

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  4. Oh, these are wonderful pictures, I went to a tulip fest a few years ago, it was amazing! I'm glad you enjoyed it too :)

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  5. You succeed in dealing with the challenges and came up with an excellent collection of photos. The colours look great.

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  6. Great shots and compositions! You captured the beauty of each flower individually and en masse!

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  7. Divine photography and colorful shots of nature's gems ~ ^_^

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  8. I love tulips and these are fantastic shots.

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  9. oh, what pretty pictures! We've been stuck indoors for way too long, so my shooting skills are at a stand still. I have plenty of limitations within my house that I've tried to work with, but the overall lack of lighting creates most of the issues i have, which is why I can't wait to get outside and start again!

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    1. There is nothing like natural light is there? Hopefully you will be able to get out soon!

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  10. Beautiful pictures! My daughter and I went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on Friday. The flower were beautiful, the weather not so much. But when you live in the PNW you just go with it. Boots-Umbrellas go.

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  11. Simply stunning!! I love them all.

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  12. Gorgeous! My favorite flower. And you've captured fields of them- beautifully I might add. Thanks so much for sharing and linking to our Nurture Photography Challenge!

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  13. The field of tulips is jaw-dropping-ly beautiful!

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  14. Your shots are beautiful ! Tulips are my fav! You captured them perfectly !!!

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  15. Lately it has been some macro shots since I recently got a macro lens, but now I´ve been on vacation so it´s just a lot of Paris pics at the moment! :-)

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  16. Gorgeous! I got to go there when I was in Portland earlier in the month - beyond gorgeous! Thanks for linking up!

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  17. So amazing! Love the tractor in the middle of the tulip field. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers--so beautiful. Looks like a great festival.

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  18. just magnificent - and what a treat it must have been for you!

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  19. Wow I would love to go to a Tulip festival one day. Love the one with the tractor!

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