The Skagit Valley tulip festival in Mount Vernon, Washington holds one of the most impressive displays of tulips in the world and, as Trevor Anderson says, it can offer exceptional photography opportunities
Every year, when the conditions are right for growth, the Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon, Washington fills with life in the form of daffodils and tulips. What were once uneventful fields becomes a sight that attracts thousands, and for good reason. Once a year, this area becomes a place to admire aesthetics and there are plenty of visual awards to be had here. The tulip festival, which has been happening since 1984, is something that is anticipated by artists of all types. For landscape photographers, there are plenty of amazing opportunities one can draw from these fields. Having photographed the fields for many years, I can share some of the angles and settings that create striking images.
Tulips are a pleasing subject matter in any light, but being a fan of low light I prefer to wait to view them when the illumination is more ambient. The tulips work particularly well at a low angle backlit against the setting sun. I attempt to illustrate my point with this month’s image. It was …
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