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Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley, WA

Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley, WA
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dareco PRO+
 
dareco February 20, 2015
Fantastic!
Ingleman
 
Ingleman February 27, 2015
It's a tremendous image. Fabulous light and colour. Well done.
terryc PRO+
 
terryc February 27, 2015
Gorgeous!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 28, 2015
Beautiful! Congrats.
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter March 02, 2015
Lovely image, great colors. Nice work. - Jake
stoyankiskinov
 
stoyankiskinov March 03, 2015
WOW, Amazing !!!
toddcollier PRO
 
toddcollier March 03, 2015
Awesome shot! Beautiful in so many ways.
Janett
 
Janett April 23, 2015
great photo!
sandrajohnson
 
sandrajohnson May 19, 2015
stunning!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka June 04, 2015
Voted
aprilrena
 
aprilrena June 15, 2015
So beautiful! Reminds me of "Tulip Mania" where in the mid-seventeenth century they were so popular they could be used as money!
terryc PRO+
 
terryc June 15, 2015
Congrats, Kathy! It's just beautiful!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 16, 2015
Congrats on Finalist win!
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography June 17, 2015
Came across your entry to Monthly Pro Vol 11 while looking at the competition. Congratulations. I see several folks I am following also in the finals :D
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 July 06, 2015
Excellent, congrats !
SheilaDraper
 
SheilaDraper July 16, 2015
Absolutely love this!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz September 15, 2015
This is a gorgeous image! Congratulations on being chosen as a finalist in the Agriculture Contest.....and, good luck.:)
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RDVPhotography September 18, 2015
Congratulations Kathy and good luck, beautiful image and no my entry did not make the finals this time : D
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold September 28, 2015
Good luck Kathy!!! it`s phenomenal!!
tamell23
 
tamell23 October 02, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
tamell23
 
tamell23 October 02, 2015
It's so good it looks fake! XD
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 06, 2015
Congratulations again--Agriculture Photo Contest!
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 December 18, 2015
Stunning photo. Congrats on being a contest finalist!
Nitka
 
Nitka January 20, 2016
Beautiful! What a wonderful capture...;-) very unique!...:-)
GayleLucci PRO+
 
GayleLucci March 29, 2016
Congratulations! Indisputable masterpiece. I'm headed to Mt. Vernon Tulip Fest. in a couple weeks. Tulips are early this year so may miss prime time...Looks like you timed it perfectly.
jamiemackrill PRO
 
jamiemackrill April 06, 2016
Literally one of the best and most beautiful photographs I've seen on here. I love the crates, the water reflection, the sky and the lines of flowers. So much depth in this. I've got a lot of work to do! :)
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson June 29, 2016
Fabulous landscape. Love it.
edj41 PRO
 
edj41 August 15, 2016
Beautiful capture! Sure do miss being in the great Northwest Skagit Valley was always a yearly shoot. Have you tried the Snow Geese. They are truly beautiful.
Great work!
UnkleFrank PRO+
 
UnkleFrank November 16, 2016
My compliments on a bunch of awards for this magnificent image.
GayleLucci PRO+
 
GayleLucci November 19, 2016
Congratulations, Kathy. A huge fav for me!!!! Every detail done to perfection.
jeffswanson
 
jeffswanson January 31, 2017
Outstanding image. Very beautiful shot. I should be up there in April 2017.
RMPANDITPHOTO PRO+
 
RMPANDITPHOTO February 07, 2017
Beautifully done,Excellent.
heinrichV
 
heinrichV February 19, 2017
jeepers! words fail me!
Kristac01
 
Kristac01 April 19, 2017
Great shot!!
JakeMaude006
 
JakeMaude006 August 12, 2017
Incredible!

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Behind The Lens

Location
In the Skagit Valley, WA, about an hour N of Seattle. They have a tulip festival every year, and allow the public to wander in the huge tulip fields during that time.
Time
I arrived at the fields before dawn to find a good composition as the sun rose. This image was shot just after sunrise, but the sun was softened by cloud layers. I had scouted the fields the afternoon before to find the fields that looked most photogenic. In some the tulips hadn't really started opening, and I really liked the picking boxes & water between some of the rows.
Lighting
I used a graduated ND filter despite the cloud cover, as the sky was very bright compared to the tulip fields. I looked for a row that water down it to draw the viewer's eye into the picture and towards the sunrise.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D300 with an 18-200mm lens and graduated ND filer and tripod.
Inspiration
I love flowers and I love sheets of flowers. Acres and acres of tulips are such a visual and sensory treat! I loved the geometry of the rows, and liked the human dimension provided by the picking boxes at the end of some rows. I chose this location to shoot because of the combination of the wooden boxes and the water down the middle of the far right rows. The light was just enough to give the sky great color & light the tulip tips & water. That made the image for me.
Editing
I took 3 images and merged them in Photomatix. I adjusted the darker RAW image again, and manually layered that into the image I made through Photomatix. So the final image is a mixture of a processed HDR image and a manually created HDR image.
In my camera bag
I travel light because I can't physically carry a lot of weight. So I usually just have the camera I'm going to shoot with & my chosen lens (which with the D300 is the 18-200mm). If I'm out on a longer shoot, I might also bring my 70-200mm lens. If I'm shooting dawn/dusk, I have a granduated ND filter, and of course always carry lens cleaning cloths, a shower cap (to protect the camera in case of rain) and dental floss (amazing how useful that has been!).
Feedback
Mornings are frequently chilly and often foggy in this part of the world at tulip time, so make sure you have a lens hood, small towel etc. Always case out your shooting options the day before so you know in advance the kind of compositions you can make. Also, fields like this, especially in the Pacific NW, are usually VERY muddy even if it's not raining, so have appropriate foot gear & perhaps rain gear!

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