On a windy spring day (get ready for more)
Well spring is finally poking its head out around here. I think it is more than welcome by most in this area after the way too long winter. Of course one of the first signs of spring, besides the robins which I think hang around all year anyway, are the blossoms on the trees. Since the spring blossom season is very short-lived I try to get as many photos of them as I can until they are gone. Once the blossoms are gone and the leaves return, I go back to shooting old buildings and such.
I shoot a ton of blossom photos mostly because I am trying to capture a certain something in the photos. It’s a challenge to end up with something interesting and not simply a pretty picture of a pretty subject. So I try to shoot various angles and magnifications along with varying the aperture and focal point for different looks and compositions. Sometimes the color alone makes the shot, other times the lines or textures complete the image. Working around distracting backgrounds and stray branches add to the challenge.
As for these shots, some would say the scenes are too busy and distracting and I would have to agree to a point. I think the out of focus backgrounds set the scene while still leaving something to draw your eye on. I shot these using my 50mm and 43mm lenses, usually wide open. The wind was just too constant to try any close-up detailed shots so I had to fall back a little and rely on the limited depth of field to blur the background and hopefully isolate at least one blossom. Do they work? I don’t know, but I like the look.
On a bloggy note, this is one of my rare attempts to putting photos in gallery form to save you readers from scrolling too much, mostly because I haven’t posted multiple photos very often of late. If you like this idea better than simply having the photos posted one after another let me know and I’ll try to incorporate it more often, when I have a large group of photos.