Photography 2017 – Garden: “Tesselaar Tulip Festival” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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For a lover of colour and photography, Tesselaar Tulip Festival gave me the opportunity to photograph swathes of beautiful blooming tulips.  Despite a late start this year, the lovely warm weather had resulted in a stunning display of tulips for all to appreciate.  The Tulip Farm is situated within Silvan’s soft rolling hills. With my husband, daughter and son-in-law we meandered through what seemed to be an overcrowding of these fields. It was a Sunday, and people had come from far and wide to see the tulips before the end of their season.  At one point, it felt like there were more people than tulips!  I managed to be able to take some photographs I was happy with on the day…






In 1939 Cees and Johanna Tesselaar arrived in the Dandenong Ranges from Holland. They had left on their wedding day and brought with them little else except a willingness to work hard and a love of Tulips (see the About Tesselaar page for more information). Over the next few years they settled into the area and began growing Tulips. News of their “little piece of Holland” spread and so many of the ‘Dutchies’ who arrived during the 1950s flood of immigrants headed straight for the Tesselaar farm where they found a place to stay and a steady job. Many of these people stayed in the area and began their own farms so that today the area is dominated by the “Dutchies” and their beloved Tulips. (It is also the home of the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival).

Thanks to the many stories like these being mirrored around all around the globe, the popularity of the Tulip remains strong almost world-wide. Thankfully today there is also a ready international supply of the bulbs to ensure that these graceful and elegant blooms are readily affordable for most gardeners.” (Tesselaar 2017).






During this garden photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots, I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  Each photography adventure helps me learn more about my camera and lense; and hopefully helps me becoming a better photographer. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.





My favourite photograph I took on the day is featured here below.  It is the best of the close-up photographs.  I like how the background is darkish which in turns helps to highlight the wonderful colour and form of the in-focus tulips.





In future, I will be selecting some photos from each photography adventure, and be a little more creative during the development within Adobe Lightroom 6.  Here below is two photographs where I used the ‘Clarity’ setting in the ‘Development Module’ within Lightroom 6, as a tool to ‘mystify’ the image.






On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during this travel and photography adventure!


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Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  NB:  Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

Happy photography all!





Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…


© Karen Robinson – October 2017

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2 thoughts on “Photography 2017 – Garden: “Tesselaar Tulip Festival” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

    • Hi Claudia, thank you! The photograph with the white tulips with the lone red one was a surprise for me, as I hadn’t noticed it while photographing. It wasn’t until I developed the photo that I then noticed it. I like it too…something especially about it being there amongst the white ones…warm regards Karen

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