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    Posted: 18 April 2019 at 05:55
It has been another busy week, but it was too nice outside not to take a walk at Meadowlark Gardens.

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Winston,

These are spectacularly good and make me both jealous of your opportunity and skill and eager to get out there and do some of these types of images myself very soon.

Hard indeed to select a favourite from this series; you've carefully selected differing viewpoints and angles depending on the subject and, I would propose, have taken the strongest option for each image presented here.

If pushed, then #'s 1, 2 and 3 are very strong images and have a pleasing element of a 'panel' of shots: I would suggest you need to watch your framing of the subject (unless these are crops) as you've just clipped the RHS petal in #2 and you are very close to that in #3 as well. I would suggest that if you are going to crop then make it look like it's intentional as in #'s 5 and 9.

Speaking of which, #9 is a novel and inventive way of looking at these flowers and I like the combination of the softness of the petals and that small area of fineness we see lower centre - almost as if we are looking through the heart of the flower.

#10 makes a pleasing change colour-wise, though I'd have liked to have seen the central flower bud sharp as well; it's so central the eye goes straight to it yet it lacks definition compared to the others round it. I really like the colour and, especially, the rendition of the softness of the petals in this one though; hard to reproduce at this scale.

Finally, #12 is a wonderfully different image; very structured in it's presentation and clean with the gently curving petals being at the heart (almost quite literally) of the image. Again, I'd have dealt with the petal blemish in the lower RHS which, as a 'black spot' amongst a sea of whites and grays, grabs the eye immediately and is so simple to remove and clean up.

A lovely set and it sets the bar very high for seasonal tulip photographers to follow!

Thanks for sharing (and I think we need a Dyxum Huntley Meadows Meeting at some point!) and best regards, Neil.
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That is a very nice set - they are all quite spectacular except for #9.
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Thank you for the comments. I was aiming for tight crops on the first three images. I may have overdone it. Meadowlark Gardens is a beautiful garden built on a former farm that was donated to the Northern Virginia Park Authority. It's close to Tyson's Corner (and Vienna, Virginia). Wolf Trap Farm Park (a performance venue and also a national park) is a short distance away from Meadowlark. It really is a wonderful respite from the busy world.
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