How many different ways are there to photograph tulips? I’m getting kind of bored of shooting them. Last year during Tulip Time I just used my 50mm and opened it as wide as it goes for some nice results, but as I walked around today with my 15-85mm zoom, I wasn’t very inspired. Maybe it’s because half the flower beds have yet to bloom, or maybe I need the windmill in the background to keep things interesting, but something seems off.
The Giro d’Italia kicked off this morning, so instead of cheering on the 10k/5k runners passing by the street corner (it was an 8k last year, which I ran and got a cheesy medal for winning my age group), I was inside watching cycling. After the stage finished, I swung my own leg over the top tube on my bike for my first ride of any kind in about 6 weeks. I soft pedaled downtown to enjoy the weather, eat some fried dough, and people watch, and besides, I probably wasn’t going to find any parking closer than my driveway anyway. Even pedaling the 2 miles to Centennial Park left my legs tired, heavy, and weak, comparable to what a 40 mile ride would feel like last summer. But it felt good to move again.
I finally tore apart and rebuilt my computer, so it works and I’m not stuck feeling extra-isolated at home alone, which feels really good. I can finally process photos again, and I’m hoping that the fireworks tonight don’t get rained out, because I then might capture something more exciting than tulips.