Charissa Lansing  

Good Morning Tulip by Charissa Lansing

April 2021 - Good Morning Tulip

About the Image(s)

It has been great fun watching this Hydroponic Tulip develop. I learned that "in Holland approximately 30-35% of the cut tulip crop is forced hydoponicaly" (see: was the first bloom that surprised me one morning welcoming the warmer spring weather ahead!

Shot with a Canon Rebel Xsi and a Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens using the following camera settings: 13 second exposure, F/32, ISO 100, spot metering, manual focus. The camera was secured to a tripod, and a cable release was used. Black velvet fabric was hung a few feet behind the tulip. Lighting was diffused north facing window light which was bounced back unto the tulip with a sunlight reflector.

6 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Charissa,
Very lovely portrait of the tulip. Liked the gentle subdued effect of the flower.
Sharp through outing, a lovely flowing composition and interesting coloration in the petals. My only suggestion might be to crop just a small amount across the top as there seems to be heavy amount of black above the blossom.
Also found the information you included of the lunar greenhouse experiment "Regolith Revolution" really fascinating.
Enjoyed looking at your beautiful image.
Janet   Posted: 04/12/2021 08:47:40
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thank you, Janet.
I agree that cropping off a bit across the top would strengthen this image. Initially, my thought had been to allow the tulip some 'headroom' to raise its blossom. Thanks for reinforcing the suggestion to reduce the weight of the negative space.   Posted: 04/12/2021 09:51:11

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Hi, Charissa,
This is a great picture with a soft and pleasing lighting. The shades and colors were very well mastered.
I think that the framing is correct and I would not suggest to crop it. But instead, I was wondering if the photo would have been more powerful and interesting if you had a pink or green or even a dark brown background instead of black, or a background showing 2 colors very smoothly fusioned.
If you did not have such background, may be another solution would be with photoshop (creating a backround layer with nice and soft forms of colours that would not distract our attention.   Posted: 04/12/2021 10:21:29

Dick States   Dick States
Hi, Charissa,
I love the composition in this image with the diagonal flow from left to right. I agree with Janet, with just a little cropped from the top. I think the background works well. For me, the lighting is just a little harsh. Love the color patterns on the tulip and the arrangement of the leaves. A great image.   Posted: 04/12/2021 14:04:42

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
A lovely, lovely photo! Very graceful, finger-like leaves and petals. I love the composition and wouldn't crop it, at least not on the right side. If I did it in the top, it would be only the tiniest bit. I agree with Dick that the lighting is a tad harsh. Still, wonderful work!   Posted: 04/13/2021 19:54:53

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thank you for these helpful comments to improve this image.   Posted: 04/14/2021 10:05:19


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