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Attack of the SPACE TULIPS

Went to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this weekend, finished off a roll of film started by xmurf while he was in Pittsburgh. And.... the pictures suck.The lighting was tricky at best - intermittant spots, some ambient growlights, some colored lights incorporated into the displays. I also made some rookie mistakes like shooting backlit. I do know better, honestly. Ah well, at least they can serve as reminders, or to deflate my ego. Nothing too spectuacular, but several of you have asked, so:

So, I'm at a flower show, and what do I take pictures of? Bamboo. The Bamboo Gardens of Washington had set up a shaded area with several kinds of bamboo, stems of yellow or silvery gray or green thick as my forearm, and glossy green or yellow veined leaves. It was a rustling whispering sort of music. There were a lot of flowers everywhere, and far more tulips and peonies than one wants to see in a lifetime, but I found the greenery more interesting. It was a challenge to get pictures of things that interested me at all. There were tulips everywhere!

A cool little bonsai lebanon cedar. Note the lighting mistakes. It smelled really nice, though. Tiny little pinprick needles. I really wanted to bruise them between my fingers, get that warm scent all over them.

What will happen if I don't keep the flowers inside the harpsichord properly trimmed. :) This is one of few things that came out with enough lighting. It may be hard to tell, but the keys are of slithery fountainy water. This exhibit had a whole bunch of tulips in it, but they'd attached little paper eighth-note stems to them, so they all looked like pink music notes on stems. I forgave them.

I just thought this was a neat juxtaposition - delicate ume [plum blossoms] reaching towards a sky girded in heavy steel.

All the displays this year had to include a bowling ball. I think a lot of them simply buried it. This display included the rare "bowling ball lilly" - you can see it off at the edge. Very silly. The koi were really hard to photograph. Every time I tried to line up a picture, they'd dart behind something, or someone would feed them and there would be much thrashing and confusion. This is the best I got. I think the water lilly and koi exhibit was my favorite this year. It was by a merchant selling water plants. At least there were no tulips.
Next year: use zoom lens.

Part of a wierd Southwestern-themed display. It had scrubby pines and bunched ferns. And a hot tub. And some really tacky stepping stones. Honestly, most of the show was incredibly tacky, excluding the ikebana and bonsai displays, and even a lot of the bonsai came closen (a lot of people had been hacking away at theid bonsais to make it look like weathered dead wood. AIE, bald bonsais! I didn't realize gardeners had hideous fashion trends, too.).

Part of the Edgar Allen Poe garden, one of the few places where the lack of light made the photos cooler, not less so. It had a lot of blood-red flowers, a couple of hokey gravestones, a picnic spread, some godawful plastic ravens, and a great big four-poster canopy bed with brilliant purple sheets scattered with rose petals. Ugh. It also had blood-red TULIPS! I don't know what it was about tulips this year. Do tulips seem spooky to you?

Anyhow, I did find things to photograph; it just took some work. Still learning to see.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

I LIKE tulips, dammit. In fact they're one of my favorite flowers. Leave the poor tulips alone! ;)

Re: hey

Yeah, but are they SPOOKY?

Re: hey

Well no. :)

o/~ Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little tulip like you... o/~

Is it just me, or is the last image reversed?

That's just because you're upside-down.

Uh, might be. That's the sort of thing I'm too dumb to figure out myself.

You want hokey...check out the display described here.

Backlit subjects . . .

You can work with them--either compensate the exposure (the completely random rule-of-thumb is two stops)--which will tend to wash-out the background--or use a fill-flash (a nice cheat). The big problem is if you are cheesy and shooting color print film (which I usually am) the oh-so-smart automagic printing machines will uncompensate for you. Bah. This is why serious photographers use either B&W or color slide. Or that's one theory. Slide film solves that problem, but introduces the other problem that is is very unforgiving of exposure errors. Ugh.

Nice shots though.


Re: Backlit subjects . . .

Thank you!
I really need to learn how to use a flash one of these days.