Tulips are certainly among the most popular spring flowers. They are not particularly rare, but they are still very decorative. Whether at home or - like the photo here - outdoors. I photographed the red lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana) in the Botanical Garden of Bielefeld. The second photo was taken after a rain shower.

The first picture was taken in the early morning shortly after sunrise. At this time of day the light is soft and you can avoid too high a contrast. Lights and shadows are easy to control and you still get bright colours. The second photo was taken in the afternoon. I used the Sony SEL 4.5-5.6/100-400 mm OSS GM lens, which can be focused to a shooting distance of less than one meter. It's not yet a real macro lens, but it's very suitable for such pictures, because you can create a very nice background blur. Camera and lens were mounted on a stable tripod. I triggered the camera with a remote shutter release.


Lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana)

Red lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana) at the botanical garden in Bielefeld (Germany).


Lady tulip in the rain (Tulipa clusiana)

Red tulip after a rain shower (Tulipa clusiana).

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