When you are in the tulip fields, you are in a world of pure colour, almost overwhelming in it's abundance and intensity. The area around La Conner is well known for growing flowers, especially tulips, and every April they have a tulip festival. Early in the morning the serious photographers are out, raiding the fields for good shots while the light is interesting and before too many people get there. In this case, I was out in the field taking some pictures when I looked around and saw this lady nearby. I just turned and shot very quickly and caught her in the act (ever noticed how when photographers are at work they resemble hunters stalking their prey?). A second later I took another shot but she had already straightened and was walking away. After all the careful composititions and painstaking attention to detail for the classic tulip field shots, this spontaneous effort turned out to be my favourite shot from the whole trip.
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mhoidal (350) 2007-04-18 17:37
Ooo your note says it all. This IS overwhelming! Beautiful!!!
I just love the colors :)
kri54 (1515) 2007-04-18 17:37
J'adore, très originale, très beau champ de tulipe, et la phgotographe qui voit son sujet, belles couleurs, beau mouvement du corps, très vivant
mickyg (815) 2007-04-18 17:40
A good combination of colours Alvin combined with a fine composition and great clarity.Sometimes grab shots turn out to be better than carefully setup masterpieces.
AROBN54 (11473) 2007-04-18 17:40
Wonderful shot, Alvin. The tulips themselves are just astonishing, but they are made even more so by the wonderful contrast in the blue of the lady's clothing. Perfect moment to catch her in the act and great composition. No wonder it is a favorite shot. Best wishes,
japiey (10163) 2007-04-18 17:44
This is fantastic. The red carpet and a blue tint..... fascinating.... You would have been the most happy man watching that....have a nice week..
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-04-18 17:47
Fantastic effect and very beautiful colours!
eza1701 (3345) 2007-04-18 17:51
Excellent shot with a great combination of colours. I couldn't agree with your note more, many times I have set out with a clear idea of what I was going to shoot and the best shot was was by chance.
emmers (183) 2007-04-18 17:52
It just goes to show you sometimes the spontaneous ones can be the best! The colours and composition are fantastic!
Well done and TFS :)
avel9665 (245) 2007-04-18 18:03
Como é maravilhosa a primavera. Este grandioso campo de tulipas até perder de vista dá uma imagem de paz.
MiguelP (14470) 2007-04-18 18:04
Hi Alvin... This is such a great contrast that looks like the old thecnicolor films of the 50´s, even I should say it has an oniric touch that I love. About the composition, I find a good idea not to see but the flowers and the woman, avoiding any other reference and making the message more stronger. Thanks.
tucancr (24) 2007-04-18 18:09
Really nice shot. The lady serious photographer add a lot to the tulip field. Very nice scenery and composition.
kozak (711) 2007-04-18 18:10
That is one neat picture. Good job. I like the aged photographer.
emilbo (22616) 2007-04-18 18:11
Des tulipes à l'infinie et toutes de la même couleur. Un problème pour le photographe qui doit se demander laquelle choisir. Superbe prise vue et bon cadrage. Excellente note.
scobert (5355) 2007-04-18 18:14
An outstanding photo! I like this version even better than your last post. Some viewers may not like the photographer in the photo but I consider this rendition more dynamic and more interesting. The lady's sky blue sweater adds a good counterbalance to the sea of red tulips. Outstanding!
deblink (2548) 2007-04-18 18:15
Great idea to capture this serious photographer in amongst the sea of tulips. The tulips are just glorious as is you image of them. I like that you have included the other colour across the top. Very nice.
KellEy (1237) 2007-04-18 18:56
I can see why it's your favorite.
It's always the flower photos that offer something different that are successful...like this one with the unexpected "punch" of blue.
bigtim (3518) 2007-04-18 18:59
OOuuu incredible!!! Une photo vraiment surprenante qui parait ireelle!
Bravo pour l'originalité!
henrytf (985) 2007-04-18 19:04
What a wonderful picture full of humour but also remarkable for the composition and the colours.
A perfect shot.
PS. The note accompanying it is also worth reading.
Not only did we have the photo but also the story behind it, with all the thrill. ;-)
maphoto (8082) 2007-04-18 19:39
This is excellent Alvin, great colors and contrast, I like the way the color change in the back, well framed, good one !
Clairedelune (4923) 2007-04-18 19:56
I see many, many (did I say it?) pictures here on TE and outside too of tulips. Tulip is not my favorite flower. In fact, I find it quite boring. But, I have to say that this photo made me stop. I just sat comfortably in my chair and looked at it. Mesmerized. And, slowly, a big smile in my face. Truly enjoyable from one corner to the other. But, I tell you, that lady in blue is a must! Her posture, her immersion in what she is doing, her beautiful beret, her hands... Delectable! The rest... oh you know Alvin, you know how to make a photo!
Thanks for that beauty!
nwoehnl (122) 2007-04-18 21:35
A lovely spontaneous moment captured here, Alvin. The tulip field in the good lighting would already make a fine subject by itself, but the photo gets elevated by the presence and posture of the photographer, not least due to the fine color contrast delivered by her blue coat. Very nicely seen and captured. Greetings from Tokyo.
edytungkal (4551) 2007-04-18 22:10
It's a fantastic shot and beautiful place.
A little workshop just to frame this wonderlful picture, hope you like it.
well done and TFS
singuanti (15250) 2007-04-18 22:23
Hi Alvin. That last picture I posted of the photographer and cherry blossoms was the same way and I had no time to think about it. Sometimes its better just to let your instincts take over. It worked out well with the lady's position in the picture. Naturally the colors are tops. Most beautiful work Alvin!
sarahnatalie (695) 2007-04-18 22:33
The colours of course are what attracted me here but I do also like the idea of taking photos of other photographers and the perspective and flowers are lovely, too. Excellent work!
berseph (1758) 2007-04-18 22:41
Wow! ONe of the best shots I've seen recently. Colors are amazing; flowers are very vibrant, and well contrasted with the photographer you chose as your focus. Quite an original focus, and it came out well.
olspar7 (214) 2007-04-18 22:53
This would be anyones favorite. It makes the uniform tulips -interesting- and captures a precious moment.You are very lucky, and skilled, to catch the unexpected. Keep at th ready!
Wahclellaspirit (3961) 2007-04-18 23:30
What a beautiful shot you captured with the combination of the blue and red colors. Perfect depth and exposure here,
jjcordier (76876) 2007-04-19 1:18
Excellent, Alvin! le champ de tulipes en lui même est déjà magnifique mais, ce qui fait vraiment la différence, c'est cette photographe à la position parfaite et qui a eu la bonne idée de choisir des vêtements dans le même ton bleu. Vraiment très bien vu.
teutza (10590) 2007-04-19 2:53
i 've seen those amasing fields here on this site..but this one is bringing something speciall to it:)
great catch and combination of colours!!!
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-04-19 3:18
Fantastic shot. Nothing else to say. Agree completely with note: sometimes candid shots are the best.
rigoletto (34269) 2007-04-19 3:32
One of the most beautiful photographs I've ever seen.
I cannot say more...
sedaeristurk (457) 2007-04-19 4:04
WOW!!What a picture!The colors are awesome.Congratulations..Seda
flory (4848) 2007-04-19 4:36
what is here to said?perfect "hunting" by your eyes this one..blue hunting red and Alvin hunting blue,red,pink and green..:)contrast and symmetry well seen!was a good moment to catch there and you did it!
PixelTerror (0) 2007-04-19 5:00
It's quite a rare opportunity to see a person in one of your shots and like the friends who have left a comment here before me it really rocks, the combination of the two main colors is very harmonious and powerful and the clever close framing concentrates on the simplicity and the action, I clap both hands to validate your "bird of prey" license ;-)
Have a nice day,
partha (14020) 2007-04-19 5:04
What a great background u have chosen. It gives lot of pleasure to my eyes.Very good colour tone and u have chosen the right time. Its interesting to include the photographer here.
wolf38 (31282) 2007-04-19 5:45
Hello Alvin. Category nature, - and humor. To this photo everything was already said. I do not want to repeat myself thus. It makes joy to regard this original photo. Best regards, Wolfgang.
batalay (35791) 2007-04-19 7:17
You've created a classic in this image! The previous image you had submitted was excellent: demonstrating a symmetric one-point perspective, the "parallel lines" converging at a single vanishing point on the horizon. This one has human element integrated, the colors and definition are even more dramatic, especially with the woman with camera taking her own photographs.
pierrefonds (57895) 2007-04-19 7:20
A nice photo of the photographer taking a close-up photo of the tulips, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Have a nice day.
atlantida (2323) 2007-04-19 7:42
Definitely the best I've seen today, pure beauty that makes me wonder how can anything be that beautiful. The lady looks like a predator who wants to steal a part of this innocent beauty, it's good u caught her, maybe someone caught u 2:) Ok the note, but I think u didn't say the most important thing here-what's the feeling like being there, the shot is great, but what about feelings that reached even us who watch your photo.
I greet u.
pilpel-adom (3018) 2007-04-19 8:27
Amazing shot, Alvin! What a great combination of both vivid colors and pattern layout! The perspective here is super as well as the overall composition, creating a dynamic compo toward the right...
baba_flies (8829) 2007-04-19 8:28
Hello Alvin! This is an "away" from the normal field photos and I really like the moment how you "caught" her, concentrating on this field of red and searching for the right angle, making the perfect shot. These fields are amazing ... Barbara.
zumoduvas (2069) 2007-04-19 8:32
Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
donluicu (24724) 2007-04-19 10:11
this is a great picture...
is she a TE'er??
nice pov, very good performace
vinicio (23423) 2007-04-19 10:40
Excellent image Alvin, compliments, great colors and funny scene, the old lady is lovely.
sabyasachi1212 (19773) 2007-04-19 11:22
This is one of the most beautiful pictures I have seen. Such a pretty combination of colours, specially the blue stands out quite superbly against the red tulip field. Will head straight for my favourites.
With Greetings from India
Fis2 (86705) 2007-04-19 11:33
Nicely photo. Beautiful tulips. Good composition and frame. Super colours. Very impressive picture.
cbrman (21645) 2007-04-19 12:02
J'aime bien cette photographie qui nous apporte le maximum de couleur rouge en un minimum d'espace ! Le fait que cette personne soit habillée en bleu est vraiment une excellente idée et permet de jouer sur un superbe contraste rouge et bleu !
La répétition des tulipes donne un super rythme !
crhieatt (5347) 2007-04-19 12:32
Superb - and so obliging of the lady to dress all in blue - like she was begging for you to photograph her really!! :)
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-04-19 13:40
THE BLUE WOMAN IS AMAZING!
beautiful red carpet and great perspective!
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2007-04-19 13:52
Fine POV and subject the colours are awesome :)
keribar (43841) 2007-04-19 14:58
Simply GREAT GREAT picture Alvin,
It will make many photographers jealous, or at leat give the wish to come over to Seattle next year.
I also have worked tulips this year , and may post some in the near future. But certainly not fields like this one.
Friendly yours - Izzet
presidente (1122) 2007-04-19 16:47
really an amzing picture this one. Percect color, DOF and composition. Flowers by themselves would be fantastic but contrast with the blue color of lady makes that photo excellent.
robiuk (10807) 2007-04-19 17:37
Not only that I opened this one and expecting
only flowers, but then when I spotted that someone
in the field, I couldn't have believed the character!!!
An absolute eye-catcher with great light and colours.
If only you had a ladder to acquire a bit higher POV
(to have a uniformed BG, instead of that line of
differently coloured tulips at the top), it would've
been a million-dollar shot!
But knowing it was either shoot or miss the whole scene,
the result is great.
InasiaJones (31498) 2007-04-19 17:47
Reading your note, I can easily understand why this fantastic shot quickly became your favorite. This is so good, so colorful, so stunning!
The subject is simply incredible, like coming out of a 50’s movie. Her position is delightful! She’s perfectly dressed, in all matching purple, to create a great combination with the surrounding colors.
Your composition is totally amazing and very beautiful.
A masterpiece that goes straight in my favorite.
cyrrhus (2878) 2007-04-19 18:28
Not very much to add... but, I can hardly pass by without dropping a big "bravissimo".
The colours are brilliant... you captured the perfect instant, benefiting from ideal lighting conditions. It was worth to wake up early!
Ann75 (0) 2007-04-19 23:02
What a brilliant shot of this beautiful tulip field and the lady hunting for her photo pray...haha! I love the way you captured her in the moment, she stands out amazingly with her soft blue against the red of the tulips which creates an amazing contrast! Excellent shot, I love it!
jhm (140563) 2007-04-20 6:57
Excellent title with the lady in blue between the red tulips, perfectly moment to catch her in the act and great composition, great concentration with her camera. Splendid tulip field too.
Have a nice weekend,
jonathan_hart (21274) 2007-04-20 7:55
...wooow, impressive composition, there is so much comments before me... nothing to add
craiggc (2509) 2007-04-20 10:58
A very strong image Alvin - the colours compliment each other perfectly. Amazing semse of depth
flosoup (563) 2007-04-20 15:52
Wow, she looks almost superimposed onto the image. SO clear and so sharp and fantastic colours. What makes this shot even better is the change in the tone of red to pink in the back rows, amazing.
maximage (15535) 2007-04-20 16:21
Complètement fantastique et fascinant! Une pure merveille!
Bravos pour cette belle image.
leo61 (0) 2007-04-20 16:36
You were lucky that she is wearing these soft blue cloth and hat,which is a perfect contrast with the strong red and green .
Everything else is written,A fantastic shot.
sothy81 (9568) 2007-04-20 16:39
Hi Alvin, this is just superb! Everyone has said all how exvellent this photo is. Nice colors contrast, and momentous shot. A first place picture. Sothy
cdmonson (4794) 2007-04-20 19:51
What an absolutely fantastic shot. I really can't find anything wrong with it. The vastness of the fields, the colors, the stance of the woman taking the shot--absolutely fantasic. Wonderful job.
ChrisJ (100042) 2007-04-21 4:31
I like the tight framing, & inclusion of the avid photographer here. Marvellous, saturated red & green colours. Tfs!
josepmarin (57831) 2007-04-21 7:45
Great shot, you have hunted the huntress of images. The image has a good visual impact on having contrasted the human presence among this sea of tulips of a vivid red color, and with a few striping of pink color in background.
I like the elegance, the simplicity and the pure chromatism of your photo.
A nice work.
corsicastorm (3224) 2007-04-21 16:45
Une merveille absolue!! ces couleurs incroyables et la présence presque incongrue qui crée un saisissant contraste...
lasscor (7640) 2007-04-21 16:59
Lovely spring composition.
Lovely vivid colours.
kensimage (8561) 2007-04-21 21:44
Wow, you take full advantage of your opportunities, don't you, Alvin? She wore just the right color for you, and you made a great composition by excluding the sky or any other context. Just photographer and flowers, which probably describes her mind at the time of the shot. Well done. Regards, Ken.
Bluejeans (64249) 2007-04-22 9:35
Ola Alvin fantastica foto !!!!Cores maravilhosas!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
cam (9041) 2007-04-22 16:00
Alvin,this is absolutely superb.
Yes,a hunter,she is hunting for the beauty,but
The hunter can be hunt also,so beware your own back Alvin.
The same photo without her is simply a photo ,with her,it is a masterpiece.
You should send her this photo,just to see her smile,a smile you will never forget.
Signal-Womb (13048) 2007-04-22 18:48
Brilliant opportune moment you captured Alvin. The saturation on the reds is wonderful and the pose and purpose of the lady makes for a wonderful image. Congrats..
John_F_Kennedy (43045) 2007-04-23 6:18
Ah, this is a lovely shot. Colours are great and the composition is artful.
carper (96) 2007-04-23 13:01
great shot Alvin,
the quality is very high here, good composiktion, and I enjoy your good archive, you making good progres by your photo work. congratiolation.
cherryripe (21033) 2007-04-23 15:37
It's funny, I hestitated as to which rapeseed photo to post and nearly posted one of a photographer at work too. I'll post it one day as I like this sort of shot.
You have captured her so well in such a dynamic position. Her clothes are pretty amazing too and stand out brilliantly against the tulips. There seems to be an interesting 3D effect here and I like that pink row at the top.
toni_al (15875) 2007-04-23 17:03
Une vrai delice cette image, après tant de critiques que dire de plus?
surel (1056) 2007-04-25 16:15
you have a great gallery.This one is amazing, too.What can I say,it's perfect.Thanks for sharing.
dcawker (5717) 2007-04-26 13:19
Wow Alvin, really fantastic! Great composition and colors, like always.. Actually, I see that I've missed a number of your recent shots here on TrekEarth and you've got some amazing ones up here in the past few weeks!! Keep on rockin' it!! Doug
RSK (36) 2007-04-30 17:27
Hi Alvin,wow I really am impressed with the sharpness of your image,and how could you be so lucky to turn around and find
that lady dressed in those colors that give this image so much impact,you must live right.As an amatuer I would like to ask you how much your lens with an f/2.8 speed helps with the detail or sharpness of this image,compared to a lens with a f/4.5.
derek3755 (2341) 2007-05-19 7:44
beautiful shot of this lady taking a photo, without the lady it would make a great photo, but with stunning, beautiful contrast between the lady and the tulips, and a nice crop to add more impact.
blue-velvet30 (6524) 2007-05-19 14:57
Wooooooow! Fantastic scene! Wonderful colors and composition. Brawo, excellent work!
Xalkida (11744) 2007-05-23 8:02
What a fantastic and poetic photo! Wonderful saturated colors, excellent choice of framing! A diamond!
john_c (24662) 2007-05-27 20:36
Just returned from France and the UK and still jet lagged - but had to stop by and compliment you on this outstanding shot. Your note well describes the way photography works, in that despite good lighting conditions and the best laid plans, in the end some truly first rate shots are obtained through both skill and opportunism. You seized the moment here and as a result the photo is virtually a classic. The contrasting colour of the woman's clothing is perfect, as is her positioning in the scene. A photo to savour for years to come. Cheers.
archimatica (20325) 2007-06-08 16:38
Amazing shot. Nothing else to say...
capthaddock (28790) 2007-06-16 19:41
Hi Alvin - what a riot of eye grabbing colour, the photographer looks like a surreal mushroom, I must have missed this one while I was awway, brilliant work.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-06-19 3:34
Superb composition with this woman on the beautiful field with red tulips.
Great POV and contrast between colours.
TFS and greetings
doubay (2093) 2007-06-26 13:23
WOW! What for a photo! It looks like taken from a movie. Very impressive compo in all respects.
fkokol (1636) 2007-06-28 13:29
what a catch. wonderful colours and compostion. I wish I would be this tulip field one day. beautiful place. greetings,
evarol (196) 2007-07-06 17:20
The contrast of the two colors make this photo seem unreal, almost like a cartoon.
rajhema (1871) 2007-07-06 17:58
That was one spectacular picture Alvin. The lady's dress is a contrast to the flower bed and you managed to fill the frame with flowers. Superb one.
eskay001 (106) 2007-07-26 14:24
The picture as well as the title are very very interesting. Usually people say that a little red spot in a picture can balance a lot of blue but you have achieved excellent effect by reversing this rule of thumb.
I envy you for having seen this with your own eyes. Here in India, I don't think I have ever seen tulips like this.
mikele_pl (2400) 2008-04-02 13:31
much has already been said about this excellent shot. Let me just express my opinion - I think this photo is absolutely stunning.
Thanks for sharing
picardo (2459) 2008-04-04 17:52
I think it is a wonderfull capture... plenty of colors!... The composition is superb!... The perspective is perfectly captured with all of those flowers... and some minimalistic in some way. Fantastic work
Nordavind (539) 2008-08-13 16:49
ahhhhhhhhh an AMAZING SHOT!!
vmukherjee (612) 2009-10-22 21:34
Wow! Amazing shot!! The red, green and blue look overwhelming! The carpet of pink making the upper border also blends in beautfully. Thanks very much for sharing.
Pelje (597) 2010-05-06 15:50
Hi Alvin, a beautiful color-glad motive you selected yourself there. Wonderful! Greetings from Germany, Hubert
flatwin (2181) 2010-05-29 10:56
très bonne idée que cette prise de vue. LE champ de tulipe rouge avec la photographe en bleue qui tranche
xramm (1831) 2010-07-12 4:34
Beautiful grab shot!
Excellent composition and colors!
fds (8504) 2011-02-02 12:05
very beautiful composition with very beautiful red flowers and blu girl
- Copyright: Alvin Brown (Cormac) (26563)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-15
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 17-55mm f/2.8
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/90 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Photographers at work III, my favorites..., Member's Favourites, Une question de point de vue..., Tulip Fields, Creative images, RED COLOUR, Colors and more colors [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-04-18 17:33
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