Marian Bodart  

Yellow tulipona dark and stormy morning by Marian Bodart

October 2021 - Yellow tulipona dark and stormy morning

About the Image(s)

Last April I visited the tulip fields in Washington State with the hope to capture images before the blossoms faded. I arrived early to avoid the crowds, but unfortunately I arrived at the same time as a heavy downpour. I covered my camera, put on my rain slicker and forged ahead. This tulip glowed with the background of hyacinth and dark leaves. As I was capturing it, it reminded me of the Dutch Master painters and their still life paintings. I tried to replicate that in post processing. Unfortunately, with the rain and limited light I cropped the flower in camera a little too closely, so in post processing I added to the bottom of the image.

Nikon D500
ISO 100

9 comments posted

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Welcome to our group Marian,
Your presentation of the tulip is captivating. The lighting and raindrops add impact. The purple flowers provided a perfect accent color in the background. Sharp details. Well done.   Posted: 10/02/2021 10:10:16
Marian Bodart   Marian Bodart
Thank you so much, Barbara. It was a very wet day, but worth getting soaked for this image!   Posted: 10/03/2021 16:16:10

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Beautiful flower with an excellent treatment of the background. Well done. We generally display on black backgrounds and the edges of an image like this are difficult to see. Many people put white or gray strokes around them. I have mixed emotions on this and sometimes I like it and sometimes I find it distracting. It might be interesting to try it on this image.

Sounds like you might live around Sequim, a wonderful place to live or visit.   Posted: 10/03/2021 21:56:24
Marian Bodart   Marian Bodart
Thank you Stan, I appreciate the suggestion of adding a narrow border. I'll give it a go.
I live in Port Angeles, just to the west of Sequim, it's a little slice of Pacific Northwest heaven.   Posted: 10/04/2021 21:32:39

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Hi Marian,
Welcome to our group. I like your leaning yellow tulip adorned with rain drops. The dark background makes it stand out even more. The addition to the picture was not noticeable. You did well. I think you succeeded in creating a Dutch master masterpiece. I would even get drenched to take such a good picture!

  Posted: 10/07/2021 11:27:22
Marian Bodart   Marian Bodart
Hi Marcela, Thank you for the warm welcome to the group. I carry a rain slicker in my car at all times, just in case - I suspect I'll be using it again in the tulip fields next spring!   Posted: 10/08/2021 20:43:21

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Marian,
Welcome to the group.
This, I think is an outstanding image in terms of composition and exposure.
The only suggestion I have is perhaps in the future to try larger apertures as well - such as f11,f8 & f5.6--and see the effect...i wonder if the blue flowers might even add more impact (?) if they weren't as in focus as the yellow flower --in essence competing for the viewer's attention>
Norm   Posted: 10/14/2021 12:48:56

Marian Bodart   Marian Bodart
Thank you Norm, I appreciate the welcome. Thanks also for the suggestion to change the aperture. To be honest, I rarely shoot flowers with that f-stop. Looking at the settings now and remembering the situation, I think I was so cold & wet I didn't pay as much attention to the details as I would normally.
  Posted: 10/14/2021 20:32:47

John Hackett   John Hackett
A well composed picture of a rain soaked tulip. The drops add that little extra to the flower. I like the hint of the other flowers in the otherwise dark background.   Posted: 10/15/2021 07:03:38


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