Among The Blossoms

This is a shot from last year’s cherry blossom bloom. They are just starting to come out for this year and if I get a chance will head to some of the lesser areas to get some photos in before they disappear.

I remember taking this photo as the light was transitioning from the blue hour to full on dawn. It’s why I was able to get such a long exposure. with the image. I wasn’t overly happy with the framing but I saw no reason not to publish it.

When I went to edit this I wanted the blossoms to pop. So I used some gradients to bump the clarity in that area alone and used another gradient to neutralize it in the areas I didn’t want. In retrospect I could have just done a quick mask and inverted my selection and used Camera Raw but it worked. Beyond that I went ahead and did local dodging and burning to bring out the texture and called it a day.


Among The Blossoms

Blossoms on Branches

Think I’ll be wrapping up the various Cherry Blossom stuff with a few more images. There aren’t many left and I have a backlog of newer stuff that I have shot that I need to move on to.

This was not an easy shot to get regardless of how it looks. The issue was the wind and at the time I didn’t think to just increase the shutter speed to freeze it. So live nad learn. I was freezing by this point with my fingers numb so I was more concerned with getting warm then getting a shot.

Nothing much going on here. Just a couple of curves to get the light right and a bit of a dodge and burn for effect.

Full resolution.


Blossoms on Branches

Dawns Morning Light

I want to say that it Crystal City in the background of this image. Not sure what the bridge is. I was shooting from the Washington DC side of the Potomac. I liked how the city was framed by the Cherry Blossoms and the bridge was centered along with the water going smooth because of the long exposure.

The more I edit out the images with the Sony 24-240 the more I love that lens for travel and landscape photography. It nearly is one lens to rule them all. I might just weld it onto the camera. It’s just that versatile.

There are two versions of this image. The one you see here which has a Macphun’s Intensify CK and the full resolution on Flickr which is just straight sharpening. The full resolution was just too muddy for lack of better words with the filter applied. There is very little difference but enough that I took it off.

Here is the full resolutionRealized I linked to the same photo as here. So I updated it.



Morning Cherry Blossoms

The sun has just risen and it was effectively daylight when I shot this picture of the cherry blossoms. The moon was still in the sky and it was originally in this image but I had to take it out just because it was so bright it didn’t blend into the rest of the image. Use your imagination and visualize it between the two trees. That’s where it originally was.

One of the joys of doing any type of nature photography is you are at that mercy of nature. In this case there was wind so there is motion blur in this image. Nothing I can do about it so I worked with it the best I could. I ran a few filters to bring out the color in the blossoms and then left it as is. If I did any dodging of the tree it looked very unnatural so I just left it alone.

I’ll upload the full size to Flickr for viewing but not 100% sure about the quality of it.