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beatbox June 16, 2016
Beautiful just makes me want to take a walk through them.
 
KARENLEIGH July 13, 2016
so gorgeous .. x
 
frankfimbrez December 26, 2016
Great composition and wonderful colors.
 
cjstein December 30, 2016
Stunning!
 
Roussou March 03, 2017
Beautiful, love the POV.
 
iluv2shoot February 02, 2018
Gorgeous colors and great POV!

Tulip Festival



taken at Abbotsford, BC
taken at Abbotsford, BC
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I am a Canadian photographer from a rural Tri City close to Vancouver, BC. With the exception of one photo course which taught me the basic fundamentals; I am self taught. I owe a lot of what I have learned from other photographers. I am very grateful to those who take the time to teach us their lessons learned. It is a constant learning experience and I love it. I took this photo not far from my home in Abbotsford, BC. I missed the Tulips last year so I was determined to catch them this year.
Time
I primarily shoot during the Golden hour approximately 90% of the time unless i have an appointment or looking for a special moody shot.
Lighting
I took this photo this past spring stormy day. As the time passed there was a little too much solid grey in the sky for my liking but I got a break. Just before the sun dropped the clouds separated at bit increasing some beautiful light. I have had to learn patience.
Equipment
When I decided to shoot professionally I had no idea what to buy. I took some advise to buy a used older camera as this would help teach me to be a better photographer. I developed some skills and then had an idea of what I wanted to shoot with. I am glad I did. I used a Nikon D80 for this shot. I only shoot Raw in manual mode. I choose - F10, ISO500, 1/250. I used my 55-300mm and shot this at 240mm. The ISO capabilities can be challenging for someone who is learning with this camera but it has really helped me to develop into the photographer I am so far. I love Nikon, grateful for their equipment. I now have a D610 and it is an amazing camera. I will always chose a tripod if possible. I used my Manfrotto for this shot.
Inspiration
I have seen so many brilliant photographers take some great Tulip shots, I couldn't wait to get out there and try. This was my first time at a Tulip Festival. I had so much fun. I was grateful to the owners to allow the photographers to stay late or come early to get our golden hour shots without the crowds. I wanted to do something a little bit different with this shot and take my focus to the curve in the centre in hopes of grabbing the viewers eye and pulling them right through my photo.
Editing
I mostly use Lightroom but decided to use Camera Raw in Photoshop to sharpen it as I find it more effective. With this shot I adjusted the contrast, highlights and shadows slightly in Lightroom and sharpened it in Camera Raw.
In my camera bag
I haven't been shooting that long so I am limited to what I have. I take both my cameras as I like my Nikon D80's range with my 55-300 for wildlife. That is the one thing I love about a crop sensor. I always have my 50mm in my bag as I love this lens. I have an 18-55 as well. I now have my new Nikon D610 in my bag. My new Sigma 150-600mm will be joining my bag soon in the next week. I also have various Hoya and Tiffen filters including ND-9stop - which are always in there including my shutter remote. With the addition to my new full frame I am in the market for some full frame lenses. Very excited.
Feedback
I liked it that I was told to buy something used and old to learn on until I knew what I wanted, however, if I knew then what I know now I would have chosen something with better ISO capabilities as I have lost some great shots. When I was out there as a new photographer I lost two amazing captures in one day. One was an Eagle and the other a Belted Blue Fisher both fishing out of the water during the Golden hour as I rarely shot in mid day. I just couldn't hold a high enough shutter speed with my ISO without extreme graininess. I crashed and burned in both shots and cried. Remember, stand up, shake the dust off and move on! You will have plenty of opportunities. You have to persevere, keep positive and exercise a lot of patience. Get out there and keep shooting, reading, utilize your mentors and practice. With all of your photos you want great lightening and we all know what time of day that is. For the am golden hour - set that alarm and get out there. Last New Years day I was out at 5am in cold, sub zero, foggy weather. There was no one in sight for miles and I pictured everyone at home in there beds warm and sleeping. I felt like I was standing on the moon isolated; I quickly refocused. Self discipline is so important and remember you won't get the shots if you choose to hit the snooze, stay warm and go back to sleep.

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