Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tulips in Japan


Tulips in Sakura, Japan

To avoid confusion, I have omitted the name of the location where pictures of these wonderful tulips were taken in the title of this article. The title would have been Sakura's Tulips. Yes, you hear me right, Sakura. It is the name of a city in Chiba prefecture, in Japanese it is written as 佐倉市.

A lot of travelers who transit in Narita Airport for more than half a day are eager to know how to spend their time while in Japan. Some would hope to visit Tokyo but it would be an hour away from the airport by train and the city is too big to be explored in half a day. What if I tell you that there is a place where you can enjoy beautiful Tulips and it is located just three train stations away from JR Narita Airport Terminal 2 station?

If you are in Japan from early April to the end of April, you can stop by the JR Sakura Station on the JR Narita line, just three stations away from Narita Airport Terminal 2 station and take a short taxi ride to a place named Sakura Furusato Square 佐倉ふるさと広場. There you can find more than 400,000 tulips bloom planted around a Dutch windmill named De Liefde (Dutch for The Love), built by a Dutch Millwright Company "Verbij Hoogmade BV" to symbol the Japan-Netherland friendship.

De Liefde Windmill in Sakura Furusato Square
Tulips and Windmill
Yellow Tulips
Tulips and Windmill
Sakura Furusato Square Tulips Festival
Tulips
Tulips in Love
One of my favorite shot of Tulips
My shot of the day
Tulips field
Tulips and reflection
Tulips field
Blooming Red Tulips
Tulips and Reflection
You can also pickup your favorite tulips by yourself
Tulips
Tulips in HDR
Yellow Tulips
White Tulips
Furusato Square in HDR
Sakura Tulips Festival
Tulips in Orange
Sakura Furosato Square

Some tips for photographing Tulips.
1. Use an Ultra Wide Angle lens to get as much tulips as possible into your picture.
2. Get your camera low, as low as the level of the tulips flower.
3. Get there early. The gentle morning lighting are perfect to photograph tulips and there will be less chances to have people appearing surprisingly in your picture.
4. Use a CPL (Circular Polarizer) to filter away unwanted reflections from the tulips.
5. Look for water to create a reflection for your tulips.
6. Remember to photograph the entire tulips field.
7. If you have an assistant to help you, get a black/white piece of paper to make it the background of the tulips before photographing. This will block away unwanted distractions from other tulips in the background and create a clean picture of just a few tulips only. Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury to have an assistant to help me with this. Try it and let me know how it went.  

If you require more information, you can contact Sakura Tourism Association at +81-43-486-6000 or click here to visit their website.

Do you have any beautiful Tulips pictures to share with us? Send them over to keanpoh.chua@gmail.com and I will publish them here. If you have any tips for photographing tulips that I have not mentioned here, or you have interesting information about tulips, I would love to hear them in the comments section below.

Update: Tulips in Albany


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