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