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Holland's pride

By kuipje  
I like th whole frame incl. left & right because it's All about tulips not only the focus one.
But again everthing got three sides.
As always comments/advise/tips much appreciate.
Pictures taken at "de Keukenhof". World famous (mostly) Tulips show. Only open in the monts March until May. You must visit "de Keukenhof" when you have the chance.
More information go to
(We also made a YouTube video of our visit to "de Keukenhof) but we made this before putting on Ephotozine so modifications didn't get into this video. Next video we will put on Ephotozine first then we make a video)

Tags: Netherlands Tulips Keukenhof Amsterdam Landscape and travel



pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2290 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 5:55PM
Thankyou for showing the video of the flower show, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

The pictures on the video reveal to me that you considered each composition very carefully, and I was very impressed with several of them.
I noticed that you sometimes tried alternative selective focusing on the same images, so one had a blurred foreground, the other had a blurred background (much more to my taste). This tells me that you considered both.
Some of the wider views are stunning, especially when you featured a winding bed with beautiful curves.
You included other visitors in some shots, which gives a sense of scale, and added interest too.

The video has helped me to understand the difficulties you encountered when photographing close-ups like the one you are showing here of the yellow and red tulips. They are all growing very close together, so isolating then must have been difficult.

I think this is one of your better images. You have one tulip well focused, another less focused, then the more blurred background, and you have filled your frame with the flowers, resulting in impact and a feeling that they go on forever, which they probably do.

It was probably impossible to avoid the yellow parts at the bottom, but they do distract, mainly because they are on the same focal plane as your main flower, and therefore well focused. However, I wouldn't want to crop them off because it will reduce the height of your main tulip.

The other thing you had to contend with, and have done really well avoiding, is the wires that are a frame to hold the tulips in their upright position. There is just a sign of one in the bottom left here.

I have done a modification and I am not saying that it's better, just an alternative.
I cloned out the bits of yellow at the bottom, and part of the wire frame.
I cropped to place the main tulip on a thirds intersection. The crop also removes the small black area at the top centre.
I selected the main tulip, sharpened it, inverted the selection, and blurred the background more, as well as desaturating it a little. My intention was to make your main tulip stand out from the rest a little more than it does here.

You should be very proud of your video, and I am sure other people will enjoy it as much as I did.

kuipje 9 3 Netherlands
15 Apr 2014 6:16PM
Thank you Pamela for your kind words.
Your mod is surely an good alternative.
I ( or we, my wife is a good help in seeing things i don't) like to make video's from our photo's.
And of some of them i'm kind of proud. Not all of them but a few.
Our YouTube channel
But thanks for your (always) nice and good comments
Bianca & Jos
iancrowson 13 215 169 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 9:41PM
Keukenhof again. Another attractive image with lovely colours.
I have done a mod where I made a crop to create a vertical frame in the 8x10 format. This is a British frame size/format and may not suit Dutch photography. However it is important to photograph and process with frame/format sizes in mind. This ensures well balanced images that will fit in ready made frames.
I personally like this crop but it is open to taste.
As Pamela realized from your video photographing individual flowers at Keukenhof is difficult. One my last visit I personally spent time looking for isolated flowers, often one that stuck up above the rest. Some of my better shots were taken inside, also macro or close ups of petals or looking into a flower.
One way of getting good shots is to position a flower a couple of metres in front of a flower bed at the correct height to get a blurred coloured background. Doing this at Keukenhof would probably get you thrown out!!!!
Lets see some more

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