‘Get in behind’, leads to luminous photos


Sometimes in photography, it comes down to moments of minutes or even hours. In this case cherry blossoms were the  subject of the photos. Sakura (桜) as they are in Japan or as they are in  South Korea, (벚꽃).  I had been waiting for sometime for the right moment to come up. Actually a concerted effort too, to take my camera gear out and actually shoot some of them in bloom. The one day I’d taken my camera to school and to the university, where I took the photos,  the weather had set an dull grey overcast of cloud.  The one thing I wanted in this shot was the beauty of the cherry blooms that could the luminosity of the setting sun. With this I had a matter of an hour or less; plenty of time. The trees, nor the blossoms weren’t going to disappear. In catching the light on the petals, I really had to place the sun behind the blooms, that meant pointing the camera towards the sun. Then it was a matter of fiddling with the camera settings. The effect as you can see, is rather pleasing.

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3 Responses

  1. Being harsh here. Not enough colour. Admitted that cherry blossoms don’t give off much pink. Still life is ok but…needs a background, a blue sky, a human/physical structure.

    • Sorry, but the only structure available was the gymnasium. Not exactly the right backdroo in my opinion. No blue skies either. It was shot on a grey overcast day. WYSIWYG.

  2. Arrghh…I’m colour blind…on second look the lead photo has plenty of pastel!

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