Carol Sheppard  

Return of the Tulips by Carol Sheppard

May 2022 - Return of the Tulips

May 2022 - Carol Sheppard


About the Image(s)

April means tulips in the PNW. For the first time since Covid began, I went to photograph in the tulip fields, alternating between my iPhone 12 Pro Max and my Olympus OMD 1-3 with 60mm lens, handheld for both. It was windy and overcast, making for a challenging day, and very cold, but the gardens at Roozengaarde were magnificent. My settings for this one were: ISO1250, 1/2500 secs., 60mm, f2.8--so basically aperture wide open, higher ISO, but still needing to have an insanely high shutter speed to get the flower still. So, no bracketing for this particular one due to its constant movement. But my goal was to show the texture, incredible color combination, and the sensual frill and curves on the side of this tulip.

6 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Here too, although they are going back now.

The colours, texture and curves are very attractive.

Some people carry a small tripod with an arm and clamp on, to anchor subjects in the wind a bit. Or even just a stick to push into the ground to hold it against the wind. Then perhaps you could have decreased the shutter speed and aperture to get a bit more depth of field.

Even with our Ollys' very quick series of exposures, a focus bracket is unlikely if it was very windy.

Is it a bit tight in the frame? I think a bit more room at the top would make a more conventional composition.   Posted: 05/04/2022 15:38:07
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Yes, very tight in the frame. And, unfortunately, no good way to edit out the flower on the left edge. Not competition worthy, but I like looking at it.
  Posted: 05/18/2022 14:00:59

Keith Au   Keith Au
Carol, I had the same challenge while taking pictures of cherry blossom (for Toronto, it's May time).. But your picture gives me an idea that we could make the non-focus area/edge (due to wind) fussy and introduce a bit of artistic feel.. Will try doing that with PS later. Love the colour of the tulip.
Just wondering.. wouldn't it help the attractiveness of the image with a subject point which is sharp? It's just my own composition thought..

  Posted: 05/08/2022 17:32:55

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Yes, Keith, I hear what you are saying. My focus is on the ruffled edge where it meets the center top. It's a technique from Kathlene Clemons, to highlight the curves which call to our hearts. It's not pleasing to everyone AND it may indeed be a poor example!!   Posted: 05/18/2022 14:04:00

Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
definitely love the subject. i can see the 2 ruffles touch in focus near the top, vertical pink/white stripes seem in focus also. I feel like I want to do something to it - like tilt it so more of center is coming toward me in focus and the big majority of out focus recedes a little [things to do if it is in a box in your house, ha ha]. outdoors is totally frustrating for me with the macro lens. taking out the dark background and making it subtle pinks/ less shadows looks good. I also like the very front where the "horizontal ruffles [like claws] come together - did you do any that put them in focus?   Posted: 05/22/2022 14:45:39

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
While the composition is a bit tight as others have pointed out, I think it works and the eye is pulled right into the in-focus area. The outer petals act as a frame for the inner petals that are, then, the star of the image. Very enjoyable study.   Posted: 05/24/2022 17:12:55


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