June 7, 2014

Sulking Tulips

Photograph by Cheryl Bezuidenhout, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot contributor Cheryl Bezuidenhout captures this photo at RoozenGaarde in Washington State. "It was the last weekend of the Skagit County Tulip Festival, which [the gardens] hold every April," she writes.

"It was a rainy morning when my family and I arrived, but the rain held off as we made our way around the gardens. These tulips were unusual in that all the others in the garden were upright, perfectly formed, and vividly colorful, while these seemed to be sulky and past their best, drooping and heavy from the rain. The original photo is of pink tulips, but I converted it to black and white. I felt the lighting and moodiness of the flowers to be the most important message of the image."

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36 comments
erbPIX™
erbPIX™

I like the non-traditional nature of the subject – droopy flowers aren’t popular – aided by your choice of B&W to express more effectively the impression they made on you.

Linda B.
Linda B.

I think the photo of the day shots are extraordinarily beautiful and do not seem to follow the same path as those chosen for the daily dozen which seem to be quirky and ....unusual.  I love these shots.

T Branning
T Branning

Fantastic shading and crisp detail! Good idea there, putting it in black and white. I do that from time to time as well but they hardly ever come up this clear:(

Norma Okun
Norma Okun

the feeling shows right through. gorgeous shot.

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique

Wonderful picture! Is not very common in b&w.

Dan Mihalache
Dan Mihalache

Ca artist plastic, mi se pare culmea... "rafinamentului" să faci o fotografie lipsită de culoare unei flori! Fiindcă tocmai culoarea face diferenţa - în cazul de faţă, între lalele şi nişte foi de varză în miniatură. Sorry!

Cheryl Bezuidenhout
Cheryl Bezuidenhout

Thank you to everyone for their kind words and positive feedback today. Honoured that you all like my photo so much! 

Best, 

Cheryl B.

Linda B.
Linda B.

I always find it hard to imagine flowers in black and white.  This is inspiring! 

Janice H.
Janice H.

What WAS "pretty in pink" is now Gorgeous in black and white!!     Would love to see this in a frame hanging on my wall.        Perfect and the raindrops enhanced the beauty!

Christine Henry
Christine Henry

Nice shot, I love the black and white...with the rain drops

Kari Simkins
Kari Simkins

What camera, lens, shutter speed, and aperture  was used for this amazing photograph?

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Cheryl, of all those other tulips you chose to shoot these ones, and your idea to get these 'I'm tired' beauties, is really something else. The black and white enhances what is a great photograph,and the result of  innovative thinking. So thanks lots. j.e.s.......

Iain Kinga
Iain Kinga

Excellent picture, shows age and decay being in mono.

Graham Harris Graham
Graham Harris Graham

Bunches/groups of flower heads are a tough subject to make an interesting image from but you've cracked it here. Very gritty indeed. Excellent.

Mihai Ciuca
Mihai Ciuca

I think that conversion to bw was a very good idea-it just brings a bit more "drama"to an excellent capture anyway..congrats

Cheryl Bezuidenhout
Cheryl Bezuidenhout

@T Branning - It can be very hard but I trust manual focus more than auto these days and then I find the photos are a lot sharper. Plus it takes so-o-o much practice! One in 100 are this crisp. Keep at it and you'll find there are more successful attempts all the time :)

Cheryl Bezuidenhout
Cheryl Bezuidenhout

@Dan Mihalache - that's a fair comment, but I probably would have given the miniature cabbages the same black and white treatment because I was specifically after the sense of drama and emotive quality that black and white lends the composition. Thank you for your feedback - it helps us hone our skills to see our art and photography through other people's eyes!

Best,

Cheryl

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