E.J.Wilkins

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Spring blooms


Cherry Blossom


Taken on Sunday 29th March at Exbury Gardens, home of the Rothschild family.

Sadly the flowers have been caught by late frosts, but they still looked amazing. I'm not sure if I've captured that with this picture. Oh well!
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Spring blooms


Cherry Blossom


Taken on Sunday 29th March at Exbury Gardens, home of the Rothschild family.

Sadly the flowers have been caught by late frosts, but they still looked amazing. I'm not sure if I've captured that with this picture. Oh well!
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comments (26)

DOF make it a very beautiful image.

Great!
EJWilkins: The flower in the foreground was very much closer than those in the background, so easy to focus on
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 01:44
For some of us, Ellie, it's not spring until we see cherry blossoms. I agree with Remi about the DOF.
EJWilkins: There was a group of these trees in a picnic area, we couldn't see them from a distance as we approached them because there were evergreens in the way. The colour was amazing, so warm/delicate/fresh
This is a tough shot for sure, trying to get the lighting right at both ends of the spectrum. You've done not a bad job, as this still gives us a feel for the spring blooms and the brisk morning or afternoon that it was taken in.
Cheers
Rob
EJWilkins: Yes, in retrospect I should have used fill-flash, but I didn't think of it at the time.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 1 Apr 2009, 02:41
Absolutely gorgeous. We have those over here, and they add so much to spring...
EJWilkins: They certainly do add to spring, then the winds come and blow all the petals off!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Apr 2009, 04:29
I like this, Ellie.

Just wish the background was a little less busy, so I could really concentrate on the gorgeous blossoms in front.
EJWilkins: The background was as is, but I know what you mean because I'd have preferred just a haze of pink in the background, speckled with blue. It's still too defined, although the flowers in focus were very much closer to me (looking up)

The picture was a bit of a disappointment and perhaps with a faster lens (f2.8 or something) I might have been able to achieve what you suggest.
good use of your DOF Ellie. Good you have spring--it will warm up again soon if it hasn't already! At last winter is all but over! WOOT!
EJWilkins: The cherry blossom in our garden still hasn't opened, so we're still waiting. sad
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Apr 2009, 06:22
No you have captured it well Ellie: the DOF & the light makes this extremely pleasing
EJWilkins: It's OK-ish. I'm pleased with the clarity of the foreground flowers, but think they might have been better if I'd used fill flash. Didn't think of it at the time
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 1 Apr 2009, 07:22
Pretty in pink, great use of DOF
EJWilkins: It's a lovely, delicate shade of pink isn't it
This is a beautiful photo, rich, lovely, springlike and refreshing.
EJWilkins: Yes, these colours are the essence of spring aren't they
I think you have got this spot on Ellie
EJWilkins: I think almost, I didn't get what I wanted, I think I could have used fill flash and got a slightly better result.
This is super. Wonderful focus with all that pink behind.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it, the colours go so well together
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Apr 2009, 09:39
I rather like the little touch of decay on the petals - reminds us that everything is transient, especially beauty! Love the use of DOF.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: These flowers never seem to last long do they? If they aren't caught by frosts they're blown off by strong winds. As you say, everything is transient
  • Harv
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Apr 2009, 10:13
I think you've captured it great. Love the DoF and the contrasting colours.
EJWilkins: The colours looked absolutely wonderful together
As Ingrid says, beauty is a transient state. (We somehow need to change our present culture's mindset on what beauty is.)
This emhpasises how fragile blossom petals are and if it isn't frost, it's the wind that cuts their life so short.
Use of light, DOF, composition and incorporating the blue of the sky make this very successful. It fills me with wellbeing knowing that Spring is upon us.
EJWilkins: Spring is almost here, these must have been growing in a very sheltered spot, because the wind is still from Siberia.
You're right about beauty's transience, sad sometimes, isn't it
Don't fret Ellie it is a very pleasant shot. The blue sky background really helps to lift the flowers so much.
EJWilkins: Yes, it's pleasant, but not what I'd hoped for. Have to wait till some in our town start to flower and then, maybe, I'll try again - and see if fill-flash works.
Love these 'washed out' pinks. richard
EJWilkins: Refreshing, aren't they smile
So wonderful and delicate Ellie.
EJWilkins: These flowers are very delicate, you're right
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2009, 12:03
we all get bitten by "frosts" at some point in our life, Ellie. smile often, not once. smile
EJWilkins: Very true, and we get wrinkly too wink
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Apr 2009, 16:58
Glorious, Ellie. Not seen any trees like that yet up here; must be because we are closer to ccold off the Russian Steppes!
EJWilkins: None round here yet either, it's too cold. These are, I think, very sheltered from the cold winds.
Blue and Pink go so well together lovely shot
EJWilkins: They do, they're such refreshing colours
Excellent DOF..and the colours are gorgeous Ellie
EJWilkins: The dof was easy wink the foreground flowers were much closer to me. Should have used fill-flash!
Very nice close-up and background!
EJWilkins: The foreground flowers are almost right, fill flash would have been a good idea.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Apr 2009, 22:32
Oh yes, you have captured that- the flowers, the air- all is springing- the spring must be more visible in England, I didn't see these cherry flowers! For some people they are dream of spring and life- have you seen the wonderful-poetic film "Hanami-cherry blossoms"?

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=festivals&jump=review&id=2478&reviewid=VE1117936169&cs=1
EJWilkins: The cherry blossom festivals are amazing, I've seen them on Youtube. Thanks for that link Philine, intersting smile
I love this for the limited depth of field and delicate colour
absolutely astonishing smile
  • V.Saari
  • Finland
  • 6 Aug 2009, 17:08
Background makes it rly beautiful pictures. Flowers in front looks a bit dark but it brings bg more alive.

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