June 29, 2009 – Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, La Connor, Washington

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, La Connor, Washington

Monday, June 29, 2009


Before I talk about today’s picture, there’s something I wanted to tell all of you:

I worked hard over the weekend to get the new “official” home of my Picture of the Day all caught up and ready for general consumption. It’s at http://davefry.net/potd . Go check it out. For the forseeable future I’m going to be cross-posting in both places, so if reading the entries here works for you, no need to change. But Facebook tweaks the pictures when I upload them, it resizes them smaller and at a lower quality level, so they get a bit blurry and chunky. Not a huge deal unless you look really closely (which I do), but I find it annoying. So the pictures on davefry.net, while still shrunk from original full size, are definitely higher quality than you’ll see here on FB. Okay, enough about that, now on to today’s entry…

This is another picture from the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival near La Connor. Julie and I actually didn’t make it up there this year, so this is another picture from last year. There’s a few I want to post eventually from there/then, so I figure I should space them out because that’s what the rules say I need to do. You know, the rules.

The field we were hanging out in had pinks, reds, and some dark purple/maroons. Sadly, I totally failed in all of my attempts at getting good pictures involving the dark purples, because they totally tripped up the light meter, they just wouldn’t turn out right. But the reds and especially the pinks made for great shots.

With huge fields full of nearly identical brightly-colored flowers like these, there’s lots of different themes you can play around with. Depending on your vantage point, you can emphasize the endless fields of color, you can go after the repetitive patterns of the rows, you can focus on the detail of one or two flowers in particular, you can play the detail off against all of the above, etc, etc, etc. Lots of fun stuff. One of the biggest challenges is trying to get pictures without getting any of the hundreds of other people walking around in the frame. Which is a lot harder than it sounds. Also, one of my pet peeves is an otherwise really beautiful scene that gets rudely pulled back to reality by the presense of, say, an ordinary car, or a stupidly dressed person, that kind of thing. I tend to really dislike “ordinary” things getting into my pictures, because I guess I try to make my pictures as escapist as possible, if that even makes any sense.

I think tomorrow I’m going to post another lightning picture, because several weeks ago I said I was going to, but then I never did. So now you have something to look forward to.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/200s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 154mm.

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