Fields of Flowers
There is a Tulip Festival ("Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival") not too far away from where I live, and I've made it out there a few times this season. I try to time my visits so that I am there around sunrise or sunset, for the dramatic lighting and the potential for some nice cloud colors (which have proven more difficult with the non-stop rain this winter and spring!). It's a popular spot for photographers, and can get pretty crowded on days with nice weather or on the weekends. If you want to see all of my images from the event, or want any nice pictures for your desktop, photo frames, wall, etc. you can view all the images on my SmugMug site. Keep reading down below the slideshow to see some of the entertaining and silly stories and photos I experienced while photographing in the fields.
Besides trying to get images showing the beauty of the tulip fields, there were also quiet a few times where I found some humor. I enjoy people watching, and there were plenty of chances to do so out in the fields.
This was my first time going to this event, which is hard to believe since I have lived near it for most of my life! I definitely plan to go back next year again. The festival planners rotate which fields they plant and the patterns of flowers they use, so next year should allow for some new angles and images. I also just got some new professional grade lenses (more on that later) which should give me some better results with optical quality and bokeh (more on that later as well).
I got to use my drone and photography equipment to create this tour of a property for sale. Definitely a big project, and a good chance to try some new techniques!
There were a few other people that came and went as I set up some longer exposure shots, but for the most part it wasn't too crowded. The constant mist coming off of the waterfall made it challenging to keep the lens and filter clear of mist (it was a losing battle), but I managed to get some nicer images before everything was damp.
With the ambient light filtering through the clouds and trees, the exposures were taking around 4 minutes, making me much more selective and precise with the angles in photos that I was looking for. It also made it much more likely to have a whole bunch of misty spots end up on the lens, and everything was so soaked that I couldn't wipe away the water without leaving more water behind. All in all, it was a good day for a hike and a pretty waterfall.
Most of these images are also on my smugmug site. If you like a particular photo and want a print of it (without my name scribbled on it) just click on the image and it should take you to the corresponding page, and Thanks!