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    Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Flower Flower everywhere but not a single one to pluck!!

    Taken at Skagit Valley, WA. Nikon D200, 18-200 VR, 50mm f/1.4
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    Skagit Tulip Festival 2009
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    Skagit Tulip Festival 2009
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    Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Comments please.
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    ~Ajith
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    Great shots!

    I've got to get down there next year! I've cycled past these farms, and the colour is magnificent. You did a great job of capturing the canvas.
    You'll gather from these comments that I like to crop! My suggestions:
    Pic2--drop top horizon to eliminate bodies in top left corner
    Pic3--cut left side (telephone pole) and a little foreground to eliminate the more obvious green stems
    Pic7--drop top horizon to show only bands of colourful tulips
    Pic8--well, this just makes me silent.

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    pics 1,8 &10 including the farm buildings and hills in the background would be my favourites, of which 1 seems the most successful overall composition.

    They are a funny sort of flower for photography, best by the thousand as you have in your collection. We usually have a few turning up (or even occasionally planted) in the garden, but have more or less given up on them as lots of others seem more interesting, but do look inside:
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    Re: Great shots!

    Quote Originally Posted by SRH View Post
    I've got to get down there next year! I've cycled past these farms, and the colour is magnificent. You did a great job of capturing the canvas.
    You'll gather from these comments that I like to crop! My suggestions:
    Pic2--drop top horizon to eliminate bodies in top left corner
    Pic3--cut left side (telephone pole) and a little foreground to eliminate the more obvious green stems
    Pic7--drop top horizon to show only bands of colourful tulips
    Pic8--well, this just makes me silent.
    Thanks for the comments ... I really did not notice some of the problems you mentioned..

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by crisscross View Post
    pics 1,8 &10 including the farm buildings and hills in the background would be my favourites, of which 1 seems the most successful overall composition.

    They are a funny sort of flower for photography, best by the thousand as you have in your collection. We usually have a few turning up (or even occasionally planted) in the garden, but have more or less given up on them as lots of others seem more interesting, but do look inside:
    Thanks ..you have more colors in your garden ?

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by ajith.rajeswari View Post
    Thanks ..you have more colors in your garden ?
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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Beautiful photographs and compositions!

    Chuck

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Ajith,

    I agree with Chuck, they're all pretty good, my personal favourites are 1, 3, 4, 8 and 10.

    I'd agree with SRH regarding #2, plus on #9, I'd lose the dark red in bottom left corner, maybe just by painting it green, I think cropping it off would spoil the composition.

    Shadows on the tulips and the grass in left foreground are the minor gripes I have with #6. (No major gripes )

    The only other request (for next time), and I appreciate that you've kept the size down due to there being 10 pics in the post, would be to make them the full 680px width where possible.

    Overall, they're darn good as usual, well done,
    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 7th May 2009 at 06:05 PM. Reason: bigger pics request

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    No4 is on the money for me. Nice composition and taken at an unusual angle. The yellow and green with the blue sky makes a excellent combination. The only bit I would personally change is to clone out the wisps of cloud particularly bottom centre. I would be very pleased with myself if I had taken this shot.

    I am going to try to get to Royal Horticultural Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire this year...your images have inspired me.

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by crisscross View Post
    Hi Chris,
    My fav one from your garden was this http://www.pbase.com/crisscross/image/98249882 but I think it is a bit over exposed Any thoughts ?
    Is it b'coz you took it against the light?

    ~Ajith

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by CNelson View Post
    Beautiful photographs and compositions!

    Chuck
    Thanks Chuck..

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Ajith,
    Shadows on the tulips and the grass in left foreground are the minor gripes I have with #6. (No major gripes )
    Thanks Dave, it was very sunny and I did not take my external flash to do a fill in flash, the direction of the sunlight was also worst...

    ~Ajith

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    I agree with Wirefox on the favorite. It's Pic 4 for me also. However, I LIKE the wisp of cloud at the bottom horizon. The receding lines lead the eye there to discover the cloud. Well, that's why they have horse races--differences of opinion.

    Joe

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Hi Joe,

    I agree with you, I feel #4 needs something at the point of convergence and a cloud is as good as anything, natural if nothing else. If not that, I dunno; a person or a building?

    Cheers,

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Wirefox View Post
    No4 is on the money for me. Nice composition and taken at an unusual angle. The yellow and green with the blue sky makes a excellent combination. The only bit I would personally change is to clone out the wisps of cloud particularly bottom centre. I would be very pleased with myself if I had taken this shot.
    Thanks .. It was my "Ant CAM"

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by joec View Post
    I agree with Wirefox on the favorite. It's Pic 4 for me also. However, I LIKE the wisp of cloud at the bottom horizon. The receding lines lead the eye there to discover the cloud. Well, that's why they have horse races--differences of opinion.

    Joe
    Lying down on the dusty floor and spoiling my jeans was worth it I guess, Thanks Joe .

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Amazing color in all of these. #4 is the clear winner for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eNo View Post
    Amazing color in all of these. #4 is the clear winner for me.

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    Thanks eNo.
    You have a nice gallery .

    ~Ajith

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by ajith.rajeswari View Post
    Hi Chris,
    My fav one from your garden was this http://www.pbase.com/crisscross/image/98249882 but I think it is a bit over exposed Any thoughts ?
    Is it b'coz you took it against the light?

    ~Ajith
    I have now re-edited that one and explained the difficulties and work-around in my NX2 gallery which also contains the finished result. This also makes nonsense of post 14 in thread Histograms as I suspected, sorry GUI

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    Re: Skagit Tulip Festival 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by ajith.rajeswari View Post
    Lying down on the dusty floor and spoiling my jeans was worth it I guess, Thanks Joe .
    Ajith, if you have another chance at this location, I wonder what Pic 4 would look like with the furrow between the rows of tulips going from lower left corner toward the upper right, rather than the more static centered composition?

    Just a thought.

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