Sakura Season is almost over and the final petals are falling gracefully to the floor. So before this ephemeral phenomenon has passed for another year, here’s a collection of 10 of the best pictures I shot in Okazaki, central Japan.
I decided to mix up the day and night photos to keep things interesting and also included some long exposure night shots I attempted. Night time cherry blossoms have their own special name – yozakura (夜桜)!
Some lovely blue skies floated overhead before the sun began to set. Nearly all of the photos in this post were shot using the Olympus E-P1 and the 7-14 Panasonic ultra wide angle lens – my new toy this spring ^^.
The standard close-up of the fleeting blossoms. It’s not hard to see why people in Japan love to go out and about when the flowers open.
Interesting colours came out of this one. A long exposure and a combination of incandescent lights with the darkening evening skies.
I couldn’t get enough of this golden water at sundown. The wind was just strong enough to create a lovely ripple effect complete with shadows.
More golden sakura. Love the halo the backlight creates here.
Shot from a low angle to include the grass reaching upwards and the twisted tree limbs. Ultra wide angle is both supremely liberating and completely frustrating at the same time. You have to get up really close to the subject to create good compositions and get rid of unwanted objects.
This was a tricky shot. Camera was on the floor shooting into two lights on a long exposure while my friend stood still. Again though, I feel the wide angle has brought out the perspective. Do you get the impression of being under the tree with us?
Shot at f1.8 on a 50mm old manual Olympus lens (100mm equivalent on micro 4/3 cameras). Just for fun :).
A one minute exposure of the bridge. The water was flowing quite fast earlier in the day, but as night fell it grew still enabling this shimmering effect of the bridge’s architecture.
Well then, that’s all 10! Not quite sure I can call my own photos ‘beautiful’ though… What do you think? Any particular favourite?