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Photo of the Week 33

Photo of the Week 33
Spring has finally arrived and the early flowers are starting to peek out for a showing.  For this week's "Photo of the Week," I felt like sharing some more about this bold photograph depicting red tulips and yellow daffodils.  It seemed most appropriate given this time of year.

While this picture may look like it was taken in a studio with a black backdrop, quite the opposite is actually true.  It was shot outside in the garden.  Those flowers are still alive and growing.  Thanks to some careful camera work, the background looks dark enough to not show the rest of the flower bed or the weeds.

Emperor tulips and daffodils happen to be some of the earlier spring flowers which bloom together.  Many other flowers cannot be in the same picture unless man has stepped into the behind-the-scenes and manipulated the growing windows.  These flowers did not require purchase at a flower shop in order to be in the same photograph at the same time.  They are both planted in the ground together.

The window of time in which these flowers bloom is a small one so once they opened up, I started keeping my eyes open for the ideal time for a picture.  Once it arrived, I grabbed my camera.

There are two secrets behind how the magic of this photograph came to be.  The first is the angle.  The second is the use of flash.

I chose a low angle in order to get a different perspective and also include the full face of the daffodils in the frame.  The tulip worked out nicely from this angle as well.  It was an uncomfortable position I had to be in with my camera, but the results speak for themselves.

The second secret is my use of flash in this photo.  There was little sun to use for lighting. While that worked out beautifully for no deep shadows, it meant that I also needed some fill light.  The trick was getting just enough light to make the colors pop and the background fade while not losing that amazing translucency in the flower petals.

A few quick tweaks with Photoshop and I had this dynamic photograph which you see below.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature photograph of red tulips and yellow daffodils flowers in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
This photo is a member of my award-winning collection.