This rail around the Philly City Hall provided a very clear message: “No Leaning” or should I say “No Sitting”. Today I was just walking around downtown Philly watching for images to appear. This one popped up and pain entered my body from all directions. It was not a very inviting element for the City Hall. But it did provide an interesting image. I purposely used my widest aperture to provide an interest depth of field.
This image was taken looking out our dining room window. I noticed how the emerging leaves of the Ginko were contrasted against the deep pink of a flowering cherry. I varied the depth of field to get a pleasing combination of sharpness of the Ginko and a blur of the background cherry.
I simplified this image by isolating one clump of blossoms and shooting against the deep green grass background. I used Color Efex Pro to extract detail in the blossoms without affecting the background. I finally used a simple texture on the background.
What would spring be without cherry blossoms. This image was taken on the first day that the blooms popped out of the tight buds. We have seven flowering cherries in our yard. They are my favorite spring highlight. When the cherries bloom, spring is really here. I worked the aperture setting to come up with the optimum setting to capture the sharpness of the first group of flowers and blur the background flowers. They were hard to separate with a standard length zoom lens.
We have had a downpour of rain for the past two days. One good thing about rain is raindrops. So, this mornings shoot focus was to try to capture them. The day was cloudy so I could not capture the sunlight starbursts or the bokeh. It was still a nice morning walk and shoot in the garden. It was a gift.