Four straight days I went out to take photographs 😦  First day I went to Shenandoah River hoping to be able to shoot with my new ND filters. Well the river was way too hide from the recent rain… plus the water was very nasty looking. The next day I wanted to explore a historical mill located off of I-66. I’ve been seeing this place for years. Guess what? Closed and only opened on the weekends…with tons of folks I won’t visit (maybe). So the next day I went to a small park in Manassas where I knew they had tulips. Well when I got there a few workers had shovels, etc. so I went home. That was a blessing in itself. We got rain that night.

Finally I was able to shoot YEAH! Thank goodness for rain! If I was able to photograph the tulips the day before, they would have been just tulips. Maybe I would have been able to photograph a few with the sun beaming through or a silhouette. Maybe if I spent hours there I wouldn’t have given it a second thought to go back after the rain…I don’t know. Raindrops and the wind blowing definitely gave me a lot to work with and create. I was totally surprised with the wind blowing that I was able to stop the motion of the tulips. There were plenty of full tulips and then there were ones that were beginning to die and parts falling on the ground. The weight of the raindrops and wind combinations gave lots of character. YES!! I had a blast! 🙂 🙂 Not only did I photograph the tulips but also parts of tulips lying on the ground. There was a water fountain in the background so I was able to play a lot with depth of field. Tripod was a great help. With the tripod I was able to shoot from above as well as shoot low. I was extra careful in not tramping on the tulips. It’s a public place and everyone should enjoy them as much as I did…we know tulips don’t last long.


Everything I photograph I either shoot Acros (black & white) or convert when I start processing my images. In Lightroom Fujifilm Acros is located in the Camera Calibration. For my color images I stayed with Provia/Standard.

Even though I was a little upset not being able to shoot tulips on the first day, the rain made it magical. All I can say if you’re home or have ample time for bad weather/workers go back to the location. Don’t rush yourself. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Look up, look down and look behind you.

Gear: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujinon f/2.4 60mm macro lens, MeFoto Tripod, and extra shoes (you will want to change them before you get back into your vehicle). Okay maybe that’s me 😉