I actually had a hard time picking one photo from this set, as opposed to lately when I usually only have one picture that's actually in focus. It was the first gorgeous Spring weekend of the year, so I took the dogs and wife and we had a picnic in a park that I drive by everyday on the way to and from work. There are some gorgeous tulips that were opening up.
Tulips are my favorite part of Spring, and you can't help but feel good about life when you come out the other side of a long winter and you get to enjoy 70 degree temperatures and these super vibrant flowers.
I started out with my 28mm, but switched to my 50mm which is much better at getting that really narrow depth of focus which compliments flowers very well. I really feel like I'm dialing in my ability to convert the RAW images to something vibrant, sharp and "punchy". Much thanks to Lightroom for being a great tool.
I don't want to give Tulips all the love - almost all of the trees were exploding with bright, colorful blossoms. I did see some dafodils but they were a little chewed up by bugs. But for the tulips and these tree blossoms, I don't think I could have picked a better day to be there.
I look forward to the summer when we'll have a whole new palette of colors to draw upon. If you want to see all of the photos from this session, check out my Flickr list of photos tagged "flowers".
My photo for week 9 is another indoor shot. I noticed how our dining room lights were catching the flower and filtering through the petals.
Next weekend I'll be in Boston for a small video game convention no one has heard of. Of course I'll be taking my camera. I also ordered a new 28mm f/1.8 prime (I'm addicted, what can I say), which should be a great complement to my other lenses and will be wide enough for me to get some good architecture shots in Boston, and should be a fast enough some indoor shots at the event.
So look forward to next week's post, where my picture of the week will either be a statue of Paul Revere or some nerd dressed up as a Final Fantasy character. Or both.
Remember the second photo in this post? Well, in the past couple of weeks, that area of the front yard has started to explode with color. Brilliant fuscia peonies are starting to open up. Gorgeous. I didn't have to do any saturation boosting on this photo, I wanted it to speak for itself.