This meetup has been cancelled
Sad state of the tulip beds on 4/18/2013
Tulip beds 5/06/2011
Tulip mania or tulipomania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed.
Short of going to Holland, our best bet for indulging in a tulip mania photo shoot around here is at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The above photo was taken May 6th, 2011 so it’s always a guess when the tulips will peak this year given weather and precipitation conditions. Let’s give it a try the third week of April and hope there isn’t a late spring snow, that we have an overcast day and it’s DAQ conditions. (Ask me at the meetup if you don’t know what DAQ means). The gardens should be a little less crowded on a weekday
morning and those of you who work may have to play hooky
Admission to the DBG is $12.50, seniors, $9.50 and free for members and guests. If you are a member with guest passes and you are willing to share them with others, please post your offer in the comment box below. Thanks a bunch for considering!
Before the photo shoot:
• Breakfast at Annies Café, 3100 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 am.
Please indicate in your RSVP if you are going to join us for breakfast so I can do a head count and reserve tables.
What: Tulip photo shoot
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver 80206.
9:00 am, meet near the ticket counter/gift shop area if you’re not coming to breakfast.
What to bring: Other than the obvious (tripods, remote shutter release etc.) and according to Darrel Gulin, a Canon Explorer of Light photographer, a polarizer will take the glare off the leaves and give them a deeper, richer green. He also recommends using a diffuser to soften the light on the tulips when the light is too harsh and bright. Scott Kelby has his assistant hold a black jacket or cloth behind the flower for a black background. If you don’t know any of the other attendees, do say hello and buddy up with someone if you want to do that sort of a photo. Small spray bottles for creating water droplets and small flashlights for back lighting, generally speaking, are also fun additions to a camera bag for a flower photo shoot. Lastly, if you have construction worker style knee pads or a gardening kneeling foam pad, bring them to make your experience more comfortable.
After the photo shoot:
• We’d love to see your shots!!! Please post them to the event photo album. It’s going to be a blast of color!