Peter Cheung  

Cherry Blossoms by Peter Cheung

July 2021 - Cherry Blossoms

About the Image(s)

The picture was taken on University of Washington campus in April. Each year in March and April, the cherry blossoms in the UW Quad reach its peak bloom. In order to avoid crowd, I took the picture at early morning before sunrise. The camera settings are Nikon D850, Nikon 18-35mm, f/11, 4 secs, ISO-320. In post-processing I needed to brighten up the shadow and increase the vibrance of colors.

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7 comments posted

Carol Krom   Carol Krom
The cherry blossoms are beautiful. I wish the streetlights were off as they are distracting. I like the centralized compostion but the pathway seems a bit crooked and I feel it might work better if you could take a few steps to the right to balance the view and make it more symmetrical. Very nice image.   Posted: 07/11/2021 10:30:01

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
You have demonstrated an important concept in photography and that is planning. Very nice composition and yes it would have been a stronger image if you had taken a step or two to the right.
I really like the lighting in the trees and the blossoms. Very nice image!   Posted: 07/11/2021 12:49:31

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I lived right outside Washington DC for several years and loved to go and see the Cherry Blossoms every year, but the crowds made it almost impossible to photograph. But by the time they thinned out the trees were beyond never got to take other than a minor shot with them in the background.

I would agree with Dave, Giving a little more room on the right side would have made it more symmetrical since clearly you were focusing on the foreground trees. Did you take any of the trees in the background? I would have come back with several different vantages but I happen to really like this image. I am not bothered by the streetlights, I think ti gives a somewhat magical feel to the image.

And your planning is was outstanding. Nice job Peter!   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:22:34

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Congratulations Peter. Another stunner. I agree with everyone above, good photography 80% planning, and the very last thing is pressing the button. You are a very competent photographer, as we have seen for a long time, so I believe you have your reasons why you "chose" to place your tripod just a little off center, why you chose to present the bottom corners as you did. To me, the lights are not an issue. Very well done indeed.   Posted: 07/12/2021 03:56:48

John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
Hi Peter,
I compliment you on a very good photo with beautiful colors and good composition. The lights only show me that you were willing to get up very early in the morning to get a good photo. Thanks for the wonderful photo.   Posted: 07/18/2021 07:14:57

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
I particularly like the angle, so we can see the full blossom. It is interesting to realize how different is the color of the flowers, depending on the color temperature of the light sourse.   Posted: 07/19/2021 08:51:30

Debbie Bates   Debbie Bates
Beautiful leading lines drawn you right into the blossoms.
Great shot.   Posted: 07/28/2021 07:11:08