Tulip Photography Techniques
It feels like Spring is finally here, the flowers are blooming and my favorites are tulips. Here are some of my tulip photography techniques.
Basic History of the TulipOriginally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey), tulips were imported into Holland in the sixteenth century. When Carolus Clusius wrote the first major book on tulips in 1592, they became so popular that his garden was raided and bulbs stolen on a regular basis. As the Dutch Golden Age grew, so did this curvaceous and colorful flower. They became popular in paintings and festivals. In the mid-seventeenth century, tulips were so popular that they created the first economic bubble, known as “Tulip Mania” (tulipomania). As people bought up bulbs they became so expensive that they were used as money until the market in them crashed.
Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. Depending on the species, tulip plants can grow as short as 4 inches (10 cm) or as high as 28 inches (71 cm). The tulip’s stems that lack bracts and most tulips produce only one flower per stem, but a few species bear multiple flowers. The showy, generally cup or star-shaped tulip flower has three petals and three sepals, which are often termed tepals because they are nearly identical. These six tepals are often marked on the interior surface near the bases with darker colorings. Tulip flowers come in a wide variety of colors, except pure blue (several tulips with “blue” in the name have a faint violet hue.
My Tulip Photography TechniquesTulips are my favorite flowers and having been out to shoot them pretty often. Tulips are one of the first flowers to make an appearance, and are usually photographed in large back lit clusters. As beautiful as this may be, these types of shots can sometimes become a little repetitive. I have found that shooting them from a low angle brings out their vibrant colours out. Photographing flowers as you would a portrait gives them a majestic character, particularly tulips and daisy’s. Try using a wide angle lens placing the camera on the ground in the middle of a bed of tulips. You will be amazed with the results.
The Royal Botanical Gardens has the most beautiful place settings and the largest variety of tulips on display.
So get out there and enjoy!