This is the second set in the series of tulips I shot this spring.
When I am pressed for time I love doing flower edits. They are quick and easy and can be knocked out without a lot of effort going into them. When I first started processing photos I would just use Lightroom and now I use Photoshop for the majority of my work. I can quickly just do what I want and dodge and burn as needed and call it done.
One of the things that I can get away with since I now live in Thailand but publish on a East Coast of America time is I edit the same day. When I need to get out and do something I can quickly do these edits and then out the door.
I more or less explained how editing was done. Mostly gradient work to get the flower into focus then a bit of dodging and burning.
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.
I had a request for some flowers so I figured why not get out and shoot some while the weather was reasonable. Little did I know I would venture out to a large regional park that was celebrating an extended Earth Day. The hippie drumming circle was only mildly annoying. I did think of South Park and how to save the town they had to play Slayer to get rid of the hippie infestation. It was tempting considering I have Slayer’s Repentless album on my phone. What put me over the edge was the acoustic duo that were playing Earth Day songs. I did hear them say they were going to do a song called Sweet Beet and I was getting excited thinking it might be a Earth Day version of Black Sabbath’s Sweet Leaf (figure that one out). Sadly it wasn’t. It was then I started to pack up the gear.
For inquiring minds on where I encountered all this Earth Day goodness and hippies I was at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, Maryland. I had never been there before and it’s my new local park. I would shoot before at Meadowlark Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia. I think without the Earth Day stuff it would not have been bad and I did get a lot of good shots. I will likely be back when it quieter.
I took the Nikon D810 out with the Sigma 24-105 Art out. I also had the Nikon 70-200 2.8 (I thought it was a 4.0 so go me!) and a 50mm 1.8. I kept the 24-105 on the entire time and was very pleased with how it performed. As for the the camera itself there is a huge learning curve on it but the more I use it the more I am happy I bought it. The resolution on these images is amazing. I won’t even talk about the dynamic range on it either. I am just very pleased with what I have produced with it so far. Once I link to the high resolution of these images I strongly recommend looking at them.
Full resolution 1.
Full resolution 2.
Full resolution 3.
Full resolution 4.
Full resolution 5.
I attended a birthday celebration on Tuesday and since it was close to where I live I tossed my Canon S100 in my pocket and walked up to the restaurant. Along the way I saw that some of the tulips survived so I figured I might as well take some shots. Hence the title, walk on the mild side since it wasn’t so wild and crazy other than some tulip photography. I did throw in one shot off my Sony RX100 that I took on the way home from work but its still a tulip so might as well toss it in.
Nothing fancy here. Just straight up flower edits making the colors look good. I do find myself using Photoshop to add a bit more punch through the tone curve then dodging and burning in lab mode. That way I preserve the color I got in Lightroom and just enhance it.
Full resolution here.
I was out and about in the unseasonably cold weather the DC area is experiencing. Nothing says fun like getting smacked in the face with freezing rain as you walk home to make you feel alive.
Still I managed to stop and take a few shots of some tulips that somehow have lived through the freezing temperatures that have hit the area. I had a much better camera with me but I was too lazy to dig it out of my bag so instead I grabbed my Olympus TG-4 which is a “tough” camera and I figured it could handle the abuse. Granted the other camera and lenses are weather sealed but I think I mentioned the word lazy.
The one thing about the Olympus TG-4 is that its a 2/3″ sensor so pushing the processing envelope isn’t going to happen because the file isn’t going to handle it. So you more or less leave it alone with some minor tweaks out of the camera. None of these images were overly processed and I tossed more than I kept simply because of the camera itself and the sensor limitations. Still, I got some keepers so I’m happy.
Full resolution image one.
Full resolution image two.
Full resolution image three.
Full resolution image four.
I promised these flowers after the Chicago series which was mostly architectural stuff. I keep my promises. These were tulips I shot when I first got my Sony A58 (now sold) and all done on the kit lens that came with it. The Sony and I had a parting after it failed miserably in low light photography. Still, the images I captured were very good.
So enjoy the tulips and drops.
I don’t pretend to know the flower I shoot. Not knowing beyond the fact these are tulips I have named them Fire Burst Tulips. Please think of your own Latin Scientific Name and submit it to the botanical registry or something.
If you have followed me for awhile I am not that into flowers but I can take great pictures of them. I’m cursed I suspect. They are just stupid easy to shoot for me. Wave camera in front and push shutter button. Over the years I have refined the technique a bit more as I understand how cameras work but its still straight forward to me. So behold the wave camera in front of flowers and press shutter button on the newly discovered tulip species dubbed Fire Burst.