April 16, 2010 – Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (again)

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Friday, April 16, 2010


Normally I wouldn’t do it, but I decided this time around that it’s okay to post two pictures of basically the same thing (the tulip festival) in one week. I’m counting the number of times that I’ve almost changed my mind about doing this, and I’m already up to 3. But no, I’m going to stick to my guns. Because if I toss this one out, that means I have to go back to the pool to pick another one. Now I’m at 4.

I wanted to put another one here because I know a lot of people are thinking about heading up this weekend, and I want those people to be psyched. Personally, I’ll be skiing this weekend, so yesterday’s picture was for me. But this one is for you, dear tulip-loving reader. Although, I probably should have picked a picture containing different colored tulips than Monday’s picture (5). Oh well, too late now. Here’s hoping that you don’t have to fight too much traffic, and that the flowers are still blooming!

I have a whole set of pictures based on this same theme – that being showing two contrasting seas of color against each other. One thing I was trying to get, which I was only marginally successful at, was to have the focal point be right there at the dividing line. That wasn’t really a goal of this particular picture, but in general it was. (If you get it close but not right on, then it just looks wrong. But if put the focal point well away from the border, then it’s clear that you’re not trying to emphasize the actual dividing line, that instead you’re just trying to show how ridiculously endless the flowers are were. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself, and since this is a one-sided conversation, I win.)

Have fun up there! Hope the weather doesn’t suck! (I’ll admit, I have an ulterior motive on that one – I hate skiing in the rain.)

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/800s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 300mm.

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  1. avatar
    Michelle | Event Tickets April 16, 2010

    Wow, the rows of flowers look amazing, almost as if you copied and pasted a single beautiful patch. Must be hard to grow this so nicely.

  2. avatar
    Dave April 16, 2010

    Shhh, our little secret.

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    my hobby April 17, 2010

    those tulips are perfect. thanks for sharing. great way to start a morning.

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    maryanne April 19, 2010

    Hi Dave – just wanted to comment on the truly breathtaking beauty of your pictures. You have successed in your quest for excellence and I thank you for sharing.

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    Marie June 6, 2010

    so beautiful , love those tulips

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