May 21, 2013

Behind the Scene of Tulip Flower Photography


I always love when I find a Floral Photography object that I can easily isolate against an attractive background. Some of my last pictures of this kind I found in the beautiful and inspiring Boston Public Garden. I always had this location on my bucket list but never timed it properly. This time I got it right and tulips in all colors were in full bloom. Overnight rain showers drenched the tulips in raindrops and the droplets added more interest and detail. I always welcome the rain and get exited when I am able to incorporate them into my compositions. For these 2 tulip photographs I set up my tripod and camera that was equipped with  a Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM lens and a Canon 1.4 Extender. The wind was a little bit of a problem but my persistence kept me shooting until I captured my vision. The camera aperture for the pink tulip tulip was set to f/4 and resulted in an exposure time of 1/500 second at ISO100. The large aperture setting (small f-stop number like 5.6 and lower) provided the limited Depth of Field to blur out the other pink flowers in the background nicely. The aperture for the yellow tulip was set to f/11 providing an exposure time of 1/60 seconds. During the post processing I minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening both final floral photography images.