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The half-life of cherry blossoms - slejhamer - Mar 25, 2012 17:00
The cherries bloomed early this year, thanks to warm weather, but the recent rains and cooler temps have hastened the blooms' demise.
I shot this with a puffy white cloud as background for a high-key effect; +3 EC.
This was in a shady spot, with a warmer white balance setting, and a macro lens:
The petals were falling rapidly, like snow flurries at times, accumulating on the grass and the tree roots that were peeking through in some places.
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - Wedding Shooter - Mar 25, 2012 17:51
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - NT73 - Mar 26, 2012 02:14
They seem to self destruct, a few days after blooming every year. Wind rain frost seems to catch them unawares. You would think nature would know better.
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - Don Schaeffer - Mar 26, 2012 04:37
Beautiful. I really like your contrast treatment. It makes the blooms look like heaven.
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - Toad - Mar 26, 2012 06:17
Very nice stuff. Great to see your photos again.
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - EnglishBob - Mar 26, 2012 13:58
We have a charry tree next to the drive in our new house, my car is wearing most of the blossoms... Great images
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - shuttertalk - Mar 26, 2012 16:25
Beautiful work Mitch - love the milky treatment.
#1 and #3 are perfect IMHO - the petals contrast really nicely with the wood grain.
With #2, I think the DOF is a bit narrow, although I know how tricky those macros can be.
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - slejhamer - Mar 26, 2012 18:15
Hey thanks for looking, folks!
Good point about the DOF in #2; I'd have preferred more also. I'm sure I had the camera on auto pilot and I was only playing with exposure comp (a la #1.) Plus it was breezy and I couldn't sacrifice speed for DOF, unfortunately.
The really good thing about #1 is that I learned my camera has +/- 3 stops of exposure comp! I didn't know that until I was fiddling with the dial.
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - matthew - Mar 27, 2012 16:18
These are fantastic – so far beyond anything I've taken.
The blossoms are about a month early here, and the trees near me are just on the verge of bloom. But after a week of warm weather, we've had a couple of cold days and a night that went below freezing. Many of the flowers are already looking tired and shrivelled. It's not looking like a good year for them yet again.
RE: The half-life of cherry blossoms - Kombisaurus - Mar 27, 2012 21:03
Very nice Slej.