Spring tulips

Tulips have some of the most amazing colors and magnificent features. However, sometimes changing them to black and white offers you the chance to showcase their features without their colors stealing the show. This photo was taken of red and yellow tulips sitting side by side. I wanted to created a really interesting profile so I rested on my stomach and tilted my camera up towards the sky and tried not to get as much of the flowers in the frame without having any distortion. The sun was at a perfect angle, which was at about a 90 degree angle and the light was coming through the flowers as well as their stems. There were no clouds in the sky which allowed me to perfectly cast the tulips as though they were floating in mid air. I was using my Canon T1i and attached my Tokina 12-24mm wide angle lens. I was trying to get the most panoramic photo as possible as well as create a large field of view so I set the focal length at 14mm so there wouldn’t be any of the flowers out of focus. I set the ISO at 100 and kept the white balance at 0 due to the high glare and overexposure of the sky. I had the camera in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was set at F-6.4 and the shutter speed at 1/100 second. I attached my warming and CIR-PL filter and I wasn’t using a tripod since the camera was only a few inches from the ground.

Oregon wildflower

[/caption] Springtime in the Pacific Northwest offers some of the best opportunities to view the wildflowers all along the region. I took this photo just minutes from my suburban neighborhood. I noticed hundreds of these flowers growing along the base of several massive Douglas Fir trees. They were growing like weeds but really brightened up the shady parts of the area. They only grow about a foot above the ground and offer some of the most amazing photographic opportunities.

A view of the Pacific Ocean

[/caption] The Oregon coast offers some great views of the Pacific Ocean and some even better views of the ocean swells crashing along the cliffs and rocks far below. There are hundreds of hidden trails all along the Pacific Northwest that take you to the edge of North America. This is where you can witness the massive waves coming to a rest on the jagged and twisted rocks that border the water. While you photograph the scenic views along the ocean you can also watch the seabirds fly, rest or even swim all around you or you can investigate some of the wildflowers that grow along the trails or the cliffs.