Tulips – Part 1

I shot this series of images when the tulips were in full bloom. The series was shot between Brookside Gardens in Maryland and Meadowlark Gardens in Virginia.

When I was taking these image I didn’t have a filter that fit my lens. I would have used a 3 stop neutral density to cut down on some of the light since I shot them just before midday. You can fix some of it in Photoshop but it’s never going to look as good if you had a filter.

None of these were shot with a macro lense. I just used my Sigma 24-105 on the Nikon D5500 and went wild. I was still learning how to use the camera so I there were a few misses but for the most part the images came out decent.

Editing wise I just did the Lightroom to Photoshop workflow. I always add my contrast in via a curves adjustment and do local work with dodging and burning as needed.

Enjoy.

Tulip Cubed

Rain should never slow you down if you have a camera and a mission.  In my case a haircut.  Armed with the most excellent Sony A58 and a kit lens that is blowing my mind, off I went to brave the elements (with a borrowed umbrella).  Stopping along the way I got in close and snapped a few shots.  I do love me some water drops on flowers.

Tulip Cubed
Sony A58, 35mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200
Tulip Cubed
Sony A58, 45mm, ISO 250, f/5.6, 1/80
Tulip Cubed
Sony A58, 26mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125

Plethora of Color

I normally only do one picture a day but I am sitting on a ton of flower or nature type pictures so I’m having a blowout sale or post.  Whatever.  So enjoy a 3 for 1 day.

Plethora of Color
Panasonic GX1, 25mm, ISO 160, f/3.2, 1/400
Plethora of Color
Panasonic GX1, 25mm, ISO 160, f/1.8, 1/640
Plethora of Color
Olympus OMD-EM5, 45mm, ISO 200, f/10, 1/320

Alien Flowers

I am back from a long layoff.  I needed to take a break from photography and life in general for a bit.  I was in Thailand and didn’t get as many pictures as I liked and I still need to move them from my laptop to my main processing computer but they will eventually appear.

I make my triumphant return with this image.  I realize it’s in black and white and flowers should be in color but I was in a hotel in some nameless city at one point this year and they had these flower pictures in black and white that just fascinated me.  The one I kept looking at was a rose and since I didn’t have a rose handy I found someone in the office with a bunch of silk flowers that I have no idea what they are supposed to be but they worked perfectly.  I had my Panasonic G3 with a Minolta 55mm 1.7 lens on it that I needed to test before I sold it and snapped the image.  Perfect?  Not so much but it does have a weird alien feel to it and I like the way the black and white makes it more interesting and moody then some generic flower shot.

Alien Flowers
Panasonic G3, Minolta 55mm 1.7, ISO 800, F/4, 1/125