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06 Mar 15. With our unusually warm winter, all the spring flowers are about a month early, and that includes the tulips that we shoot each year in the Skagit Valley. Things are so early that the Skagit Tulip Festival has been rescheduled for the end of March, which means that we are just a couple weeks away from our annual visit to the La Conner area to shoot these lovely fields of color. With that in mind, I thought a shot of some tulips might be in order, and Jan selected this one of a grouping of 6 brilliant red back lit blossoms for today. This is from the shoot we did last spring and among the set I worked up last year and never shared. I added a little pizazz to the original just for fun to emulate a bit of the challenge in shooting these beautiful flowers on the end of a 18 - 16 inch stalk "occasionally" dancing in the breeze.
The base image as adjusted for tonality, experienced a wee bit of micro contrast enhancement, and then had a creative filter applied but whose effects were substantially held back to give it just a hint of being in a strongly back lit field. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/500 sec @ f /13.